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HOPE Week honors Andy Fass

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here are the details of today’s HOPE Week event as provided by the Yankees…

The New York Yankees are proud to continue HOPE Week 2012 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Wednesday by celebrating Andy Fass. Yankees players Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Russell Martin, Clay Rapada and Chris Stewart along with third-base coach Rob Thomson and first base coach Mick Kelleher will honor Andy Fass’ perseverance to play tee-ball despite being legally blind. The Yankees have arranged for a surprise greeting for the Fass family at Wednesday’s game at approximately 11:00 a.m. Upon entering their Stadium suite, Andy will be surprised by Yankees players and family members who will reveal an additional postgame party at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. Yankees players will escort the Fass family down to the Fan Cave for a private tee-ball lesson and other games with children who also have Andy’s condition of albinism.

THE STORY OF ANDY FASS:

A chance encounter gave five-year-old Andy Fass a new goal and hope. As someone who has a condition called oculocutaneous albinism, which affects approximately 40,000 people around the world, Andy is legally blind and without pigment in his skin, forcing him to avoid long exposure to the sun. Though Andy has always gravitated to people and many individual activities, he was told baseball would never be an option due to the contact and the chance of injury due to moving objects.

All of that changed, however, on April 25, 2012, when Andy Pettitte, who was making a start at Trenton, gave little Andy the baseball he was using to warm up. Encouraged by the gesture, little Andy – who was attending his first-ever professional baseball game – was immediately inspired to sign up for tee-ball and take on the challenge.

 
 

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13 Responses to “HOPE Week honors Andy Fass”

  1. DONNYBROOK June 27th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Me thinks Girardi had Joe Torre’d Cory Wade. You compare the innings logged already this season vs the previous 2 seasons, and it’s easy to see why the guy is fading fast. Lotta talk around here about stretching guys out in order to become a SP. But the RP’s just get thrown onto the fire time-after-time till their arms fall off.

  2. RadioKev June 27th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    CC on the DL

  3. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Marc Carig ?@MarcCarig

    Sabathia had mri, grade 1 strain of adductor.

  4. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Breaking news: CC Sabathia on the DL.

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    Sabathia had mri, grade 1 strain of adductor.

  5. DONNYBROOK June 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    So the Yanks are replacing an ACE with Freddy Garcia??? That’s Hilarious before even hearing the punch line.

  6. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    The Yankees medical staff has been bothering me lately. I know I know, I’m not a doctor I have no right to this opinion blah blah blah, I hear ya… but the number of undiagnosed issues have me a little concerned.

  7. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Sabathia has a strained left adductor muscle. Felt it during his start Sunday but didn’t tell the team until yesterday.

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    I hope this is true..

  8. blake June 27th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Panic panic panic

  9. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I say ‘hope’ because some had surmised he had been dealing with an injury before his most recent start.

  10. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Exactly how was the team medical staff supposed to know Sabathia was hurt if he doesn’t complain or even mention it? Look into their crystal ball or read the tea leaves in the bottom of the cup?

  11. RadioKev June 27th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Let’s hope this isn’t the start of bigger health issues.

  12. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Exactly how was the team medical staff supposed to know Sabathia was hurt if he doesn’t complain or even mention it? Look into their crystal ball or read the tea leaves in the bottom of the cup?

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    I dunno.. its sort of like saying ‘how was the medical staff supposed to know Pineda was having arm trouble when his fastball wasn’t there since he didn’t complain about it.’

    CC has had some mechanical issues all year so far.. no one noticed or thought it might be him compensating for another issue? I’m not saying that’s the case, but it is that far outside of the realm of possibility that someone should be eying that stuff?

  13. Mike Ri June 27th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I agree with GB7 . Can’t blame the docs if the players don’t talk up . Get better CC .


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