Archive for June, 2012
The Yankees haven’t been fazed by this long run of bad injury luck this season. This 4-0 win over Chicago stopped their two-game mini-slide and marked their 16th victory in the last 21 games.
I asked Joe Girardi after the game about what their mindset has been in the face of all these injuries.
“Just to keep going,” Girardi said. “Just go a day at a time. I think people realize that there’s still a lot of talent in that room, that no one’s going to feel sorry for us, can’t feel sorry for yourself. People have got to step up. Every team is usually going to go through injuries. The teams a lot of times that overcome those injuries are the teams that play in the playoffs.”
During the first inning, I also asked a guy who knows a thing or two about leading a team past injuries and about winning Super Bowls for his view on the Yankees’ situation. Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who was here to throw out the first pitch, says he keeps an eye on what’s happening here.
“Adversity does make you stronger,” Coughlin said. “They’ve had a couple of setbacks. But I think they’re prepared for this kind of thing, and I think they’ll come through this very strong.”
They were strong overall in June, going 20-7, the first time the Yankees have been at least 20-game winners in a calendar month since August 2009 and only the second time since 2004. The warm month has coincided with Robinson Cano heating up.
“I think he’s a really big part of it,” Girardi said. “He’s had some really big hits for us this month. He’s been a real force in the middle of our lineup. … He’s really started to swing the bat and it changes us for sure.”
He finished June with 11 homers in the month, although Cano insists he has been nothing different.
“That’s quite a pace,” Girardi said. “If he can do that every month, he can end up with a lot of homers.”
Cano hit his 19th overall, a solo shot that gave him at least one RBI against the White Sox in 10 straight games. No Yankee had done that since Babe Ruth in 1931.
Curtis Granderson sees room for improvement elsewhere.
“Hopefully if we all get on the same page, we can have an even better month in July than we did in June,” Granderson said. “It was definitely a good month.”
It doesn’t seem like Hiroki Kuroda can get much better. He was just outstanding again, matching his career high with 11 Ks and allowing three singles over seven, two of them coming in the first.
“I think the whole game, he was in control,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “Moving it in and out … working the slider. He just never really gave anybody a good pitch to hit in a hitter’s count.”
Kuroda said through his interpreter that all the strikeouts kind of surprised him since he isn’t a power pitcher. He’s 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA over his last seven starts. Girardi thinks his arm strength has improved.
“I think I’ve been really aggressive lately,” Kuroda said.
Dewayne Wise has been getting a chance to play lately and he keeps showing up in the picture, be it flying into the stands for the catch that wasn’t really a catch, or pitching Friday night and retiring both batters he faced, or delivering a career-high-tying three hits as the starting left fielder in this game, including a solo drive to the second deck in right and an RBI double.
“It’s been crazy,” Wise said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Wise is 7 for 11 with five RBI on the homestand. He had four hits and no RBI in his 30 at-bats before this stretch.
“Just some opportunity and he’s taken advantage of it is what he’s doing,” Girardi said. “He’s swinging the bat real well.”
Sunday is Old-Timers’ Day. The ceremonies are scheduled to start at 11:15, and the Old-Timers’ game will follow. The series finale is scheduled for 2:05 with Phil Hughes and Gavin Floyd the pitching matchup. YES will televise the whole slate.
Game 77: Yankees vs. White Sox • 06.30.12
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Mark Teixeira 1B
6. Nick Swisher DH
7. Raul Ibanez RF
8. Russell Martin C
9. Dewayne Wise LF
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
White Sox lineup
1. Alejandro De Aza CF
2. Kevin Youkilis 3B
3. Adam Dunn 1B
4. Paul Konerko DH
5. Alex Rios RF
6. Dayan Viciedo LF
7. Alexei Ramirez SS
8. Tyler Flowers C
9. Gordon Beckham 2B
Jake Peavy RHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Umpires: Jeff Kellogg HP, Eric Cooper 1B, Marty Foster 2B, Tim Timmons 3B
Streaking Sox: The Central-leading White Sox have won the first two games of this series, four in a row and six of seven.
Peavy v. Yankees: Jake Peavy is 0-3 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.
No June swoon: If the Yankees can win this June finale, it will become their second calendar month with at least 20 wins since 2004.
Homer happy: The Yankees have hit their most homers ever through 76 games, a major-league-leading 119.
Update, 1:21: Shaky two-single, one-walk first for Kuroda, but he comes through unscathed.
Update, 1:26: Granderson turns on a 1-0 fastball and sends it to the first row of the second deck, 1-0. No. 23 on the season.
Update, 1:49: Any offense from Wise is a bonus, and the Yankees got a bonus with that RBI double to right-center, 2-0 after two.
Update, 1:59: Kuroda has looked sharp the last two innings, good off-speed stuff, six up, six down.
Update, 2:14: Kuroda mowing down the Sox, striking out the side in the fourth, now seven Ks.
Update, 2:20: Peavy has allowed two runs and five hits after a 1-2-3 fourth.
Update, 2:27: Kuroda has retired 13 in a row, fourth straight 1-2-3 innings. Girardi talked about the improvement in his slider and splitter before the game.
Update, 2:30: Wise to the second deck in right, 3-0. He can pitch, field and occasionally hit.
Update, 2:31: Peavy must have been upset allowing that homer. He throws behind the next batter, Jeter, and hits him, looked like in the right hamstring.
Update, 2:40: Kuroda hits Youkilis in the left elbow, but he does stand practically on top of the plate.
Update, 2:44: Kuroda strands Youkilis at second, although his streak of 15 straight batters retired is over.
Update, 2:46: Cano hits No. 19, second deck in right, third homer up there this game by the Yankees.
Update, 3:00: Kuroda picks up strikeout No. 11 on pitch No. 107, no runs and three singles through seven for him.
Update, 3:05: Single, double, homer now for Wise. Three hits tie his career high.
Update, 3:07: Robertson takes the eighth.
Update, 3:15: Robertson, who really hadn’t looked like his old self after returning from the injury, just looked like his old self. He fanned two in a 1-2-3 inning. And the velocity was there, 94 mph on that last pitch.
Update, 3:23: Fast game, Logan on to start the ninth.
Update, 3:30: Logan walks Dunn with one out, Girardi walks out to bring in Soriano.
Update, 3:35: Yankees win 4-0, combined three-hitter, two hours, 25 minutes.
Yankees pregame: Warren gone, Phelps’ turn • 06.30.12
Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for Chad today. My day started off with a flat tire, but Adam Warren’s day isn’t off to a good start, either.
It’s back to the minors after his debacle of a big-league debut last night when the Yankees lost by a football score to the White Sox, 14-7. Warren gave up six runs, eight hits and two walks, lasting just 2 1/3 innings. So D.J. Mitchell is up, but Joe Girardi says David Phelps will probably be the starter Wednesday after working in long relief for Warren and taking the loss. Phelps allowed two runs and four hits in 3 1/3, throwing 64 pitches. Girardi said the rookie could go about 80 to 85 in the start.
“He’s done a pretty good job for us when we’ve called upon him to pitch,” Girardi said. “The biggest thing was, he wasn’t really stretched out. We stretched him out some more (in the minors) and we’re just going to have to continue to do it.”
There’s only one chance to make a first impression and Warren’s wasn’t good. But one start doesn’t have to be a be-all, end-all statement.
“As we told him, ‘Go continue to improve your stuff and you’ve got that first one out of the way,’ ” Girardi said. “A lot of times with that first start, it’s a mixed bag. Sometimes you get really good; sometimes it can be really difficult. There’s not necessarily a determination by that first start how your career is going to go. First start, everyone has huge butterflies and you have to find a way to deal with that.”
The Yankees could use some distance from today’s starter, Hiroki Kuroda, who’s been pitching better than earlier in the season.
“I think his slider has improved,” Girardi said. “I think the location of his fastball has improved. His split has been better, and he’s used his curveball early in counts. To me, he’s just pitched. That’s what we felt we were signing, a guy that really knew how to use all his pitches and locate all his pitches. And that’s what he’s been doing.”
Cory Wade hasn’t been doing so well out of the bullpen recently, especially in allowing six runs and seven hits across 2 1/3 last night, swelling his ERA to 5.79.
“This is not Cory’s first time around the block,” Girardi said. “Physically we’re going to have to let him recover a couple of days just because it’s not what he’s used to doing, throwing that many pitches (58). So he’ll be off today; he’ll be off tomorrow. We’ll have to see if he’s available on Monday for us. But it’s a guy, he’s been up, he’s been down. He’s been through a lot of good times in his career and he’s been through some tough times. He’ll recover.”
Besides Wade and Phelps, Girardi said Clay Rapada may not be available out of the bullpen today after throwing three days in a row.
Robinson Cano, meanwhile, has had a great month, leading Girardi say, “I don’t see a big difference in his swing. To me, it’s just Robbie being Robbie. Eventually he was going to hit. It was just a matter of time. It’s that time. And it’s an important time.”
Yankees lineup • 06.30.12
1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Rodriguez 3B
4. Cano 2B
5. Teixeira 1B
6. Swisher DH
7. Ibanez RF
8. Martin C
9. Wise LF
All of the excitement that comes with one’s major league debut didn’t last very long for Yankees’ rookie Adam Warren on Friday night. The 24-year-old right-hander was rudely welcomed to the big leagues by a deep and potent Chicago White Sox lineup that pounded out a total of 19 hits in a 14-7 win.
“I left some fastballs up,” said Warren, who pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one. “I didn’t quite have my fastball command tonight, and that’s not like me. It’s usually my strength, and I think maybe I might have been rushing a little bit.”
Warren got through the first inning unscathed after two walks with two outs, but the White Sox pounced in the second with four runs. They added two more in the third off of Warren, who was pulled before he recorded his second out of the inning.
“It’s his first start, you try not to form too much of an opinion,” Joe Girardi said. “It just didn’t look like he located as well as I’ve seen him locate. That can happen in your first start.”
• I know it’s only one start, but Warren looked very hittable tonight. Even some of the White Sox’ outs were hit hard, and he didn’t seem to fool them with any of his pitches. From the get-go, Warren was mixing in all four of his pitches (fastball, slider, curve, changeup), and Chicago seemed ready for them all. “Maybe a little bit,” Warren said when asked if nerves played a part in his performance. “But I think after the first inning, I felt a lot of that go away. I just never really got in a rhythm with my delivery.”
• Fellow rookie David Phelps was brought on in relief of Warren in the third, and he was much more effective. He did give up two runs in 3 1/3 innings, but he also showed the ability to put hitters away with five strikeouts. “He looked pretty good to me today,” Girardi said. “When we sent him down, he just hadn’t pitched a lot, and that’s not something that we wanted for him. We want to continue to pitch because we believe that he’s really in our future plans.”
• Prior to tonight’s game, Phelps said he had thrown 50 pitches in his most recent minor league outing. He got up to 64 pitches tonight, which would probably put him in the 80-pitch range if the Yankees wanted to use him on Wednesday. I’d be shocked if he didn’t get the start over Warren, but Girardi wouldn’t commit to anything. “Let me figure out what we’re going to do tomorrow,” he said.
• Speaking of tomorrow, expect to see some kind of a roster move to add a fresh arm. “I would think so,” Girardi said. “I have to talk to Brian (Cashman) and see what we can do for tomorrow.”
• The Yankees burned through five pitchers tonight, including outfielder Dewayne Wise. With Cory Wade struggling mightily (more on him in a minute), Girardi had Cody Eppley warming up. But rather than use him in a game that was pretty much out of reach, Girardi gave Wise his first MLB outing. Incredibly, Wise retired both batters that he faced. “Sometimes you can change speeds, you can change eye level, you can change in and out, and you can’t get anyone out,” Girardi said. “Then a guy comes in that’s just throwing BP and gets people out. It’s a strange game… They weren’t going to let me use (bullpen coach Mike) Harkey or (hitting coach) K-Long or anyone like that, so he was my last guy.”
• Getting back to Wade, he’s been downright awful in the past month. His ERA has ballooned to 5.79, and tonight he hit a rock bottom of sorts. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed six runs on seven hits (58 pitches). In his final inning of work, Girardi was forced to go to Wise because the White Sox were knocking Wade all over the yard. He’s probably the Yankees last option in the bullpen at this point. “He’s just not locating as well, and he relies on location,” Girardi said. “He’s been up in the zone at times, and that’s not who he is. It’s been a struggle for him for about the last month.”
• As Girardi pointed out, this Chicago team can flat out rake. We were discussing in the press box how deep and versatile this lineup can be, and they showed it tonight. A.J. Pierzynski was the star with two home runs, but the White Sox can hurt you 1 through 9. “I wouldn’t make too much of it,” Girardi said. “It’s a bad night. Every team has them. They just had 21 hits the other night in Minnesota, so this is a club that can really hit. And they hit the ball out of the ballpark.”
• The Yankees also did some good things offensively tonight. Curtis Granderson hit his team-leading 22nd homer of the year in the first, Andruw Jones had two booming doubles and Derek Jeter passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th on the all-time hits list (3,185) with his double in the first inning.
• Another small positive for the Yankees is that Russell Martin ended up pinch-hitting in the eighth and catching in the ninth. “I’m trying to win a game,” Girardi said. “Today was the best that he’s felt, and I would expect that he’ll play tomorrow.”
Associated Press photos
Warren’s debut a dud • 06.29.12
Round one of the auditions to fill the two vacant rotation spots left by injured pitchers CC Sabathia (left groin) and Andy Pettitte (left fibula) did not produce favorable results for the Yankees on Friday night. Rookie Adam Warren couldn’t make it out of the third inning in his major league debut, as the Chicago White Sox outslugged the Yankees in a 14-7 win.
The 24-year-old right-hander was hit hard by the White Sox, allowing six runs on eight hits while walking two and only striking out one in 2 1/3 innings. A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko each homered off of Warren, who might not get a chance to start for the Yankees again anytime soon.
The Yankees gave Warren plenty of cushion to begin the game, as Derek Jeter’s leadoff double was followed by Curtis Granderson’s team-leading 22nd homer of the season. The hit was the 3,185th of Jeter’s career, as he passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th all-time.
Andruw Jones added a two-run double later in the inning, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead going into the second. That’s when things began to unravel for Warren and the Yankees.
David Phelps gave the Yankees 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. It looks like he may get the start over Warren the next time around.
Associated Press photo
Game 76: White Sox at Yankees • 06.29.12
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Adam Warren (0-0, 0.00)
This will be Warren’s MLB debut
WHITE SOX (41-35)
Alejandro De Aza CF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Alex Rios RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Dayan Viciedo LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Gordan Beckham 2B
LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.25)
Quintana has never faced any current Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Same as last night: hot and humid. Someone bring me a fan.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Marty Foster
WARREN DEBUTS: The 24-year-old Warren will make his MLB debut tonight, becoming the first Yankees pitcher to do so as a starter since Ian Kennedy on September 1, 2007 against the Rays.
RARE HOMER: The home run allowed to Viciedo last night was the first go-ahead home run allowed by a Yankees pitcher in the ninth inning with the Yankees leading since Ichiro hit one off Mariano Rivera on September 18, 2009.
HELLO CAL: With his seventh inning single last night, Jeter tied Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the all-time hits list with 3,184. Jeter is currently tied for the AL lead with 96 hits on the season.
(Note: I’ll be updating the action here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. To join the conversation, follow me @vzmercogliano.)
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: The Yankees couldn’t really ask for a better start. Two walks with two outs forced Warren to throw 25 pitches in the first, but he did not allow a run or a hit. In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees exploded for four runs. Jeter led off with a double down the LF line, passing Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th on the all-time hits list with 3,185. That was followed by a two-run homer from Granderson (his 22nd of the season), and later a two-out, two-run double from Jones.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Just like that, the White Sox have tied things up. Warren doesn’t look like he’s fooling anyone, as four straight hits to begin the second inning resulted in four runs. Pierzynski hit a solo homer, Beckham added a two-run double, eventually scoring on Youkilis’ RBI groundout. Both Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman admitted that Warren doesn’t have great pure stuff, and it’s showing. His location hasn’t been terrible, but he looks awful hittable. We’re tied at 4-4 halfway through the second.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Warren is done after 2 1/3 innings. The White Sox were all over him, pounding out eight hits and six runs while making the rookie throw 77 pitches. David Phelps has come into replace him, and I expect to see him be stretched out a bit. He threw 50 pitches in his most recent minor league outing, and Girardi said they’ll let him go for 65-70 if necessary. If he pitches well, I’d expect him to get the start instead of Warren the next time through the rotation.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: The Yankees have rallied back to tie the game at 6-6 thanks to a two-run single from Nix in the bottom of the fourth. Swisher walked and Jones hit his second double leading up to Nix’s big hit.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Phelps surrenders a solo homer to Pierzynski to leadoff the fifth and give Chicago a 7-6 lead.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: David Phelps is done with two outs in the sixth after giving up an RBI single to Rios, which extended the White Sox lead to 8-6. Phelps seemed to lose a little steam at the end, but he was much better than Warren. He threw 64 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Alexei Ramirez just hit a two-run shot off of Cory Wade, and the White Sox have opened this one up a bit. They lead 10-6 in the seventh.
Adam Warren has never been the type of pitcher who can get by on pure stuff. The 24-year-old right-hander was never touted as a top prospect, but with the Yankees needing someone to step into their suddenly injury-ridden rotation, it’s Warren who they’re turning to.
“From what I’ve seen, he’s a very hard worker who just really goes about his business,” Joe Girardi said. “I’ve never seen a ton of emotion out of the young man, and sometimes those guys who don’t have the big fastball or the great breaking ball are the guys who pitch a long, long time in the big leagues – because they know how to pitch. And that’s what I’ve seen out of him. He seems pretty calm out there.”
Warren will make his major league debut tonight as he gets the first crack at filling one of the voids left by CC Sabathia (left groin) and Andy Pettitte (left fibula). He works mostly with a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a relatively sharp slider, but he can also throw a curveball and a changeup. But as Girardi pointed out, Warren is not the type of guy who’s going to blow the ball by hitters at this level.
“He had really good location,” Girardi said of what he saw from Warren during spring training. “And as we all know, that’s very important when you face big league lineups.”
• Here’s Girardi on the advice that he gave Warren for today’s start: “I said, ‘You’re going to go through a lot of emotions, and this day is going to go really fast for you once it gets started, in a sense. I think you need to take a moment to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. This is what you’ve worked for your entire life, and you’ve realized your dream.’ ”
• In another roster move, David Phelps rejoined the team today to take over the role as long man. Ryota Igarashi has been sent back to Triple-A after one day with the big league club and no appearances. Hope you enjoyed the trip, Ryota. “He’s a guy that can give us some distance,” Girardi said of Phelps. “We’ve had two starters knocked out, and our long guy became one of our starters. He’s another guy that can give us 65, 70, maybe 80 pitches. We were trying to build him back up to be a starter, and we probably could have continued to do that if we didn’t have so many interruptions with our starting rotation.”
• Phelps said that he went 3 1/3 innings in his most recent minor league outing (50 pitches), which probably eliminates any chance of him starting in the near future. Girardi echoed those sentiments, saying that the plan for now is for Phelps to be used in relief. Phelps seemed prepared for the role. “It’s not too bad,” he said. “I did it earlier in the season. You still have to come in and get guys out.”
• For the second consecutive game and fifth in six days, Russell Martin is not in the lineup. Martin repeatedly told us in the clubhouse today that, “I feel good,” but he feels that Girardi is being, “extra cautious.” He actually just finished taking BP, and didn’t seem to have any issues. He said the most pain comes, “when I swing through a pitch,” noting that it would be difficult to do that in BP. He probably won’t know for sure how healthy he is until he gets in a game, but he said he fully expects to play tomorrow. “The last time he told me he felt good, I don’t think he was quite 100 percent,” Girardi said. “I’m hoping that him saying that he feels really good, maybe he’ll do some things and I’ll be able to watch it. Maybe then tomorrow or the day after.”
• Of course, Girardi was asked again about his handling of the bullpen in last night’s ninth inning implosion. Rather than use set-up man David Robertson to start the ninth with closer Rafael Soriano unavailable, Girardi tried to mix and match, which ended up backfiring. Robertson made it pretty clear after the game that he thought he was going to get a clean slate to begin the ninth, noting that he had not had a conversation with Girardi to discuss how he would be used in Soriano’s absence. “The thing about doing that is that he’s really my eighth inning guy,” Girardi said. “When we don’t have Soriano, sometimes I’m going to mix and match a bit. The thing about doing that is that if you tell him exactly what he’s going to do, then you kind of get stuck… Your mind might change, and I don’t want to necessarily be stuck in a situation. Not that I don’t like the matchup of Robby against anyone, but I liked the matchup (of lefty Clay Rapada against A.J. Pierzynski). I told you I still have concerns about (Robertson) physically a little bit – not that he’s shown anything of being hurt – but I’m being a little cautious. What did we miss him, a month? I don’t want to miss him for another six to eight weeks.”
• Girardi seemed very concerned about the type of injury that Robertson is returning from, which is why he’s been so cautious. “We’ve seen a lot of players that come back from rib injuries – whether it’s a pitcher or a hitter – and they’re not quite right for awhile,” Girardi said. “We saw what happened to (Tigers’ starter Doug) Fister, and he ended up going back on the DL.”
• Girardi said that Soriano will be available tonight, but Robertson will not.
• The Yankees have announced that they have claimed pitcher Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, and have assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The 25-year-old is 4-7 this year with a 4.16 ERA in his 13 starts at the Triple-A level for Buffalo (Mets), Las Vegas (Blue Jays) and Columbus (Indians).
• Here is the today’s lineup for the White Sox: 1. De Aza (CF); 2. Youkilis (3B); 3. Dunn (DH); 4. Konerko (1B); 5. Rios (RF); 6. Pierzynski (C); 7. Viciedo (LF); 8. Ramirez (SS); 9. Beckham (2B); LHP Quintana.
Associated Press photos
Yankees lineup: Calling all righties • 06.29.12
1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. A-Rod 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Swisher RF
7. Jones DH
8. Nix LF
9. Stewart C
Yankees wrap up HOPE Week • 06.29.12
The Yankees wrap up HOPE Week today. Here are the details from the Yankees…
The New York Yankees are proud to conclude HOPE Week 2012 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Friday by celebrating the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP) and the group’s founders, the Woytovich family. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, current Yankees players including Alex Rodriguez, Freddy Garcia, Andruw Jones, Ivan Nova, Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade and Dewayne Wise, former Yankees players Darryl Strawberry and David Wells, current bullpen coach Mike Harkey, former Rutgers football player and current HOPE Week ambassador Eric LeGrand, and Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creature “Bald Vinny” Milano will all honor CAP kids with a picnic at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Events will include face- and head-painting, a scavenger hunt, lunch and games. After the picnic, CAP kids and their families will be invited to Yankee Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the White Sox. The Woytovich family and the children of CAP will watch batting practice from the field and be part of pregame on-field ceremonies.
THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN’S ALOPECIA PROJECT (CAP)
In October 2003, while Betsy Woytovich was undoing the braids of her 5-year-old daughter Madison, hair began coming out in clumps. A doctor soon confirmed that Madison had alopecia, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere in varying degrees. It is a condition that affects approximately 4 million Americans.
Madison’s father, Jeff, searched for a support network, only to discover that there was no organization that focused on children with alopecia. They wanted to make sure that Madison and children like her maintained their confidence and self-esteem heading into their teenage years. So in August 2004, Jeff and Betsy created the Children’s Alopecia Project which focuses on three goals—to build self-esteem, provide support and raise awareness.
There are now 15 “CAP” Kids Support Groups all around the country that regularly work with families from 30 states. Additionally, there are associated groups in Hong Kong, Canada, South America and Russia. Over 1,000 families are registered members of CAP, while at least 10,000 families have received information or been counseled by members of CAP.