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Yankees wrap up HOPE Week

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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)
www.childrensalopeciaproject.org

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.

 
 

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74 Responses to “Yankees wrap up HOPE Week”

  1. Tarheel In NYC June 29th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    blake June 29th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    “Tarheel!”
    =============================================================

    You tawlkin’ ta me? (In my best Robert DeNiro voice)

  2. bruceb June 29th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I think all the “should he, shouldn’t hes” have been covered from last night. The only thing I can add is that with CC and Andy out, this offense really has to start picking things up.

    All these close games are bound to have an adverse affect on our bullpen. IMHO, Logan, Wade, Eppley and Rapada have been performing above their ability so far this season. You can’t expect them to continue to be perfect. Robertson and Soriano are the only tried and trusted performers currently in our pen and they are already way overworked.

    As someone posted last night, what this team needs right now is a blowout or two (hopefully, in our favor rather against us). Winning close games means high-stress innings for our relievers and it’s bound to take its toll.

    Two runs in seven innings against a pitcher like Dylan Axelrod just isn’t going to get it done most nights, and almost certainly won’t get it done when Warren and Garcia are on the mound. I know we’re sitting in sixth place for runs scored but there are still too many guys in this lineup not contributing on a regular basis.

    I know last night’s loss wasn’t down to our run production but if our offense does not improve over the next 10 games, I’ll be surprised if win many more before the ASB.

  3. JR34 June 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    As someone that has battled alopecia in the past, I know how exhausting and mentally draining of a deficiency it can be…I can only imagine how awful it is for children to go through.

    Kudos to the Yanks once again for all their work during HOPE Week…especially here as it hits close to home for me.

    Tough loss last night…no ground lost though…turn it right back around tonight!

  4. Bronx Jeers June 29th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    You tawlkin’ ta me? (In my best Robert DeNiro voice)

    ——————————-

    There’s no “L” in the NewYorkese version of the word “talk” :wink:

  5. MTU June 29th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Jeers-

    That’s the Southern version.

    ;)

  6. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    DKnobler ?@DKnobler

    When I asked a couple weeks back, heard Twins didn’t want to deal Willingham. Still true, @JonHeymanCBS says. http://cbsprt.co/N2TpPa

  7. Tarheel In NYC June 29th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Bronx Jeers & MTU,

    I’m busted! :-D

  8. Tarheel In NYC June 29th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    MTU June 29th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Jeers-

    “That’s the Southern version.”

    ============================================================

    I had a brief conversation with a stranger in CVS yesterday; she asked me where I was from, and I told her.

    She then asked me how long I’d been in NYC. I told her almost 3 years.

    Her response: “Well, honey, you still sound like you just got off the bus.”

    :-/

  9. MTU June 29th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Tar-

    I happen to like Southern accents though in extreme cases it makes comprehension a bit difficult.

    :)

  10. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Her response: “Well, honey, you still sound like you just got off the bus.”

    :-/

    ————————

    NYers are accepting of all peoples.. but we still like to distinguish between those that we can tell aren’t originally from the area. Sort of like pod-people … ‘not one of ussssssss’…

    Not that you’re like a pod person, Tar.. hell, I’m from NJ, so I’m almost like a leper myself..

  11. DONNYBROOK June 29th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve conversed with a “Slingblade” or 3 down in Arkansas, and THAT is a language All to itself.

  12. Tarheel In NYC June 29th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Since I’ve been here, my accent has drawn attention, but it’s always been positive. I see people smile to themselves when they hear me speak for the first time. As a result, it’s not uncommon to have a conversation with a complete stranger on the bus or train or in line at a store. It’s actually kind of nice :)

    I don’t think I’m difficult to understand, though there have been times when I’ve pronounced a word in a certain way that turned the conversation into an Abbott & Costello routine.

    Co-worker: How many adoptions have been finalized so far this year?
    Me: Nine (with a Southern accent)
    Co-worker: (incredulously) None?? We have None??
    Me: (puzzled) No, we have nine.
    Co-worker: We don’t have any!?!?
    Me: (more puzzled) Nine! We have nine!
    Co-worker: …
    Me: (holding up nine fingers) We have nine!
    Co-worker: Ohhhhh…..Nine! (in a NY accent)

    Shame, you’re right on about NYers accepting all peoples. It seems there’s a place for everyone. FWIW, I hung out in college with some great girls who were from Jersey, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Jersey girls!

  13. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Mmmm.. ‘taders.

  14. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    There are at least three distinct dialects within 60 miles of here, Mountain, flatland/tidewater, and one I don’t have a name for that flourishes among oldtimers in the woods along the Georgia side of the Savannah River. Now that one is an indecipherable mix of Cherokee/Creek words, Scots/Irish usages from the 18th century, and Standard American, all submerged in moonshine.

  15. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Tarheel! It’s always nice to know some of us make a decent impression. I still consider myself a NYer based on the fact that the Superbowl is taking place in the ‘Greater New York area’… had no idea North Jersey was just the ‘Greater NY’ until we secured it :)

  16. The Genius Maker June 29th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Tarheel, maybe it was your accent, but did you say you love the soft spot on jersey girls?

    :-)

  17. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Eric Lipsman?@E_Lipsman

    Congratulations to our five @TrentonThunder EL All-Stars, @bmarshall90 , @KevinMahoney13 , Cody Johnson, Abe Almonte and Kelvin Perez.

    On other notes, starting pitcher with Charleston is on DL with elbow injury as is Angelo Gumbs.

  18. The Genius Maker June 29th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    As for the game last night, here is my take

    http://stevewigdor.blogspot.com/

    I think Girardi screwed it all up and even though the way he did it should have worked out if Rapada didn’t throw it away I would have still said he went about it in a very odd way. My thoughts are on the blog…enjoy

  19. ron June 29th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What shoul we do about signing granderson,and cano?

    Do we sign one,or both for huge dollars as they near 32 years old,or do we trade them,and try to get a cf,2b,3b,and maybe a pitching prospect,or two?

  20. Tarheel In NYC June 29th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    LOL Genius Maker…

    I don’t think that was my accent. I think it might have been wishful thinking on your part ;)

    Shame,
    :-D

  21. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Jersey girls don’t have soft spots. Not even in the dirty places your mind might wander to..

  22. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    (I was going to make a joke about being hard all the time but it isn’t even 1pm yet and I think kids frequent the blog)

  23. The Genius Maker June 29th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    :-)

    As for the players…Cano is a must sign. Granderson is a most likely sign; it depends on the coin. I get the feeling Granderson will stay for a little less money not because he likes NY, but because he likes the Yankees. Eventually he will move to LF

  24. The Genius Maker June 29th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Probbaly a good idea Shame…sorry I took us down that road, but I couldn’t resist

  25. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    If we get #28 does Grandy ask for his number back?

  26. astrocityfan June 29th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I used to work in a call center and my southern accent sometimes threw people off. (im in NC). It was interesting though that people south of NC thought i was from up north and people from VA northward always got a kick out of how southern i sound :) i enjoy the southern accent though. In fact the only one i dont like is the one from Boston!

  27. blake June 29th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Im pretty sure most of yall woukdnt understand a word I say …..

  28. blake June 29th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I used to work in a call center and my southern accent sometimes threw people off. (im in NC)”

    Where in NC?

  29. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Josh Norris?@jnorris427

    So, Nick Goody is basically this year’s Mark Montgomery, aka the guy who didn’t stay at SI long enough for me to see him.

    Word from Charleston is that Gumbs hurt his elbow on a swing and miss.

  30. AZ88 June 29th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    It’s worth remembering that Adam Warren, who starts for the Yankees tonight, would have been part of proposed Lee-Montero/SEA deal in ’10.

    McCulloughSL
    The greatest trick Joe Girardi ever pulled was getting himself blamed for David Robertson’s belt-high fastball.

  31. astrocityfan June 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Blake,
    About 30 miles east of Raleigh NC. i live near Wilson NC, home of the world famous Parker’s Bar B Que restaurant. Wilson is also the home of Bill’s Barbeque. You can get into real arguements around here about which is better :)

  32. blake June 29th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I think I’ve been to Bill’s Barbeque….there are a lot of good places down that way.

  33. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Everyone must be on vaca today. Good for them… those f*cking assholes. :D

  34. JM June 29th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    MarcCarig RT @zacharylevine: @McCulloughSL Tell @MarcCarig that if the Yankees need a pitcher, there’s a guy who’s 9-2, 3.31, 7.6 K/9 in Pittsburgh.

    Ha

  35. Mike Ri June 29th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Cool Hal Stein on the WFAN

  36. astrocityfan June 29th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I am a parker’s guy myself. :)

    Defiantely looking forward to the debut of Adam Warren tonight. A buddy of mine works for a local tv station and has covered Warren since college. He just did a feature on Warren 2 weeks ago when Scranton was in Durham playing the Bulls. He really liked the kid both on and off the field. I’ve always thought he was underrated myself. Ithink we all love the power pitchers but guys like Warren who know the craft can be really successfull.

  37. Mike Ri June 29th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hal – the Yanks are “gutsy” lol

  38. Nick in SF June 29th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    AccuScore is giving tonight’s game to the White Sox, so most people are probably in their fallout shelters.

  39. blake June 29th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Listening to the radio….and Cal had a very interesting theory on the lack of power now in baseball….. He said that kids have grown up with the technology with aluminum bats and really haven’t had to generate the load it takes to have power with wood….kids learned to let the bat do the work ….he said now that the bats have been changed to be more like wood he things that it may trend back the other way more as kids will have to learn how to load up to generate power at younger ages…..

    Cal is great on the radio…I could listen to him talk about the game for hours….he’s always been so involved at all levels as well doing camps and with little league and stuff….he’s pretty plugged in to whats going on overall……

  40. blake June 29th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I saw Warren pitch a few times in college…..he’s got good natural stuff….if he is commanding his fastball and can throw his slider in good spots he’ll be successful….but that’s true of most pitchers….

  41. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I like Warren because he has command of 3 fastballs. He really needs the slider to become legit to stay a starter in the majors, but I thought with that base he would be able to work to get to that point. Looking forward to seeing him tonight.

  42. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    The Yankees today acquired RHP Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. – Per Yanks pr

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated RHP Danny Farquhar

  43. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    blake -

    Lexington BBQ – #1, period!

  44. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Blake,

    That is an interesting theory but i HIGHLY doubt that is the main culprit. I think the reason power numbers are down is extremely simple, tougher drug testing. As soon as tougher testing/the mitchell report came out, offense trended downward. Hardly a coincidence.

  45. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Not to mention, aluminum bats have been around since the early 70s…

  46. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It appears Pat M. is a true prophet. He stated he thought the Yankees would be in 1st place by 5 games at the AS break, and this was said when they were in 4th and having problems.

    Our hat is off to Pat M., a true baseball man.

  47. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Dumpster diving in Oakland didn’t work, why not try Cleveland?

  48. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Didn’t they just acquire Farquhar?

    Anyway, it is certainly not fair for a media person to joke about AJ Burnett, since many in the media are probably one of the reasons AJ didn’t fare so well here. Just saying’

    And there’s absolutely no way he does that here. He had three years to do that here and he didn’t, except for a little while at a time.

    I am glad he’s doing well for himself, but I do not kid myself that the Yankees should have kept him.

  49. luis June 29th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Good afternoon,

    jpmatrix,

    Yes, but the parks have become more homer friendly and still you don´t see the power shown by the players before the aluminum bats.

  50. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS

    16 all-stars dropped out, begged out or flaked out in ’11. this year that wont happen. glad to see MLB is cracking down.

    ——————

    Like.. really?

  51. RSM June 29th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t buy the aluminum bat theory either. Aluminum bats have been around a long time now, and power numbers were of the charts in the 90′s and 00′s. Players in their prime during those years would have also used aluminum bats as kids.

  52. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Yanks didn’t do too bad pulling Chavez, Ibanez, Eppley, Rapada and Wade out of the scrap heap, did they? Or, are you part of the “The Cheap Steinbrenners Only Care About Money” group? NYYs and every other team in history has done it since the start of baseball.

  53. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    You guys hear that? It’s the sound of MLB cracking down on something really importa-hahahaha.. sorry I can’t even finish it…too easy.

  54. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    What’s changed is the deadening of the aluminum bats in recent years. That’s affected power numbers on the college and high school level.

    I too believe PED testing is the largest single factor in reduced power. Amphetamine ban is a big factor in older players being less productive in terms of games played, batting average.

  55. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    GB 7 —

    Are you talkin’ to me?

    I have been very much supportive of the Yankees’ fiscal sanity of late.

    I do not consider dumpster diving to be a bad thing. I think it is an important way to find under utilized, affordable talent.

  56. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    IMHO, any ball player interested in making baseball a career should never pick up an aluminum bat, but rather learn to hit with a good wood bat.

    I find it strange college baseball teams allow aluminum bats, it can be dangerous with the speed a ball comes off that type of bat at that level.

    Aluminum bats were designed for Little League teams to save money on buying, and having to replace wood bats, and to reduce the weight of bats for younger players.

  57. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    You guys hear that? It’s the sound of MLB cracking down on something really importa-hahahaha.. sorry I can’t even finish it…too easy.

    :lol:

  58. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Dumpster diving as in “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” can be a good thing. :)

  59. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Big Al —- Colleges won’t go to wood unless MLB pays for it. Easily costs 4-5 times as much to use wooden bats.

  60. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Could also be a lot of HS players had started using steroids and maybe the testing programs at lower levels have improved enough to curb that… I think most people would be surprised to hear how many athletes in HS use some type of drug enhancements.

  61. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Dumpster diving as in “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” can be a good thing.

    *********************************************************************

    Exactamundo!

  62. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Dumpster diving? Please remember Nova was a rule 5 player we were lucky to get back. :)

  63. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    http://www.livestrong.com/arti.....eball-bat/

    A good short article.

  64. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Luis,

    Aluminum bats have been around since the early 70s, and the 90s and early 2000s showed some of the highest power numberss in the game. Yes, smaller ballparks are part of the reason but the parks havent gotten any bigger or smaller in the last 5 years, yet offense has decreased the last few years. How can aluminium bats be the culprit, when players that hit all those homers in the 90s CERTAINLY grew up with aluminum bats?

  65. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Lowering the mound will increase “O” in MLB.

  66. jacksquat June 29th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Didn’t they decrease the limit of the diameter of the barrel of the bat a few years ago?

  67. Nick in SF June 29th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Heyman is probably cracking down on some tacos right now, but you can’t hear it because they’ve been made soggy by his lonely tears. :cry:

  68. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Heyman is probably cracking down on some tacos right now, but you can’t hear it because they’ve been made soggy by his lonely tears

    IF a Heyman cracks down on some tacos and no one is around to hear it, did it really happen?

  69. BIG AL June 29th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Later – Y’all have a great day.

  70. Nick in SF June 29th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Heyman has the ghost of Roy Orbison to keep him company:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD7LGmh1oOQ

  71. bruceb June 29th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    No Martin again tonight. A bottom three of Jones, Nix and Stewart. Warren better bring his A-game – or should I say his AAA-game – with him tonight.

  72. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Should have just put Martin on the DL.. I hate this game. Who wants to bet in another month or two we hear Gardner will be having surgery?

  73. blake June 29th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    “That is an interesting theory but i HIGHLY doubt that is the main culprit. I think the reason power numbers are down is extremely simple, tougher drug testing”

    well yea….I don’t buy it totally either but just thought it was interesting. Aluminum bats have in fact been around forever…..but there for awhile they were really getting out of hand….the drop 5 bats with a sweet spot the size of Texas that were used 10 years ago….I could see what he was talking about.

  74. xcv June 30th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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