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Yankees to honor Newtown on Opening Day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the announcement from the Yankees…

The New York Yankees today announced that they will honor the community of Newtown and the memory of those lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on April 1, the Yankees and their opponents, the Boston Red Sox, will stand together in dedicating the game to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, their families and the greater community of Newtown. Pregame ceremonies will feature joint honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the Sandy Hook victims’ names will be recognized on the center-field video board.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms for Opening Day to honor those lost and those affected by the tragedy. This ribbon will also be prominently painted on the field in front of both dugouts. To show Major League Baseball’s solidarity in remembering the victims, their families and the greater community of Newtown, Commissioner Bud Selig has asked the 28 other teams to follow suit in wearing the ribbon during their respective Opening Day games.

On Sunday, July 7, approximately 3,000 children, families and members of the Newtown community will be invited to celebrate summer recess by attending the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore. The Yankees have proclaimed the date “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” and look forward to hosting members of the community at a time of year after the school calendar is complete that allows for the most children and families to be able to attend.

“On Opening Day, we will reflect upon more important things and play the game to honor the community of Newtown,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Since the day of the tragedy, our hearts and thoughts have been with those who were affected. We hope that bringing the families of Newtown together at Yankee Stadium later in the summer will give the community an opportunity to create new memories and aid in the difficult process of moving forward.”

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry. “As our teams look to face each other on Opening Day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

“The Yankees organization has supported our community in several ways since the tragic events of December 14,” said Pat Llodra, First Selectman, Town of Newtown. “Their generosity and compassion during this difficult time means a lot to all of us. We also would like to thank Commissioner Selig, the Red Sox and Major League Baseball for this meaningful tribute to our community.”

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76 Responses to “Yankees to honor Newtown on Opening Day”

  1. Rich in NJ March 20th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    There are few things more moving than watching some of the parents of these kids (babies, almost) speak about their children. Actually, it’s so sad that I really can’t watch it for very long.

  2. Nilsson March 20th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Nunez is allowed to make errors. Everybody does. It just can’t become a chronic thing again. Then it’s a problem. This isn’t the Special Olympics, it’s the Major Leagues. Put up or shut up time.

    Andrelton Simmons is another fine young shortstop to add to the growing list.

  3. luis March 20th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Nilsson,

    Haven’t heard of that one… But I’ll take your word on it ;) Still, Nunez is top ten

    Rich and Tar,

    Exactly! We need to support him… Help him get the jitters away… I think he can play at this level, same goes with Gardner

    Have good night folks

  4. Rich in NJ March 20th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    GN, luis

  5. Bronx Jeers March 20th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Too bad the Rays aren’t their opening day opponents. Maybe Longoria could have said a few words about what he thinks became of his stolen AK-47. :shock:

    I assume Robbie will be back tomorrow. Boy will he ever be a sight for sore eyes.

  6. Chip March 20th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The Newtown thing speaks for itself. I would expect and accept nothing less from the Yankees and Red Sox.

    As for Nunez, he’s not Jeter, will never be Jeter and people who are going to hold him to a standard of being Jeter aren’t being anything close to fair.

  7. Rich in NJ March 20th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    If you aren’t like 15, you probably aren’t going to see another Jeter on the Yankees.

  8. 4 NYY March 20th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    “Nunie” doesn’t have a great future as a Yankee. IMO. Not a good enough glove at short at this time and not a good enough bat either for a starter. IMO

    But, man can he run !!!

    Doesn’t mean at all, that I don’t want him on the Yankees.

    A little too much hype for him as a Yankee. Maybe he doesn’t handle the pressure of N.Y., who knows?

    He might be more apt to ” blossom” elsewhere. Again, who knows ? JMO

  9. jacksquat March 20th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    It has already been demonstrated that Nunez hits better than the average shortstop. All he needs to do is cut down on the errors and he could be average or even better than average defensively as well since he has good range.

    People have been spoiled by Jeter.

  10. 4 NYY March 21st, 2013 at 12:01 am

    He has all of the tools as you say jacksquat, he just hasn’t put it together yet. Maybe because he hasn’t had a long enough chance to do so. I would have loved for him to be given a chance to play more OF, but it didn’t happen and evidently won’t with the Yanks.

  11. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 12:29 am

    http://mindahaas.net/2013/03/o.....ion-story/

    Pretty harrowing tale of someone suffering post concussion disorder.

  12. UnKnown March 21st, 2013 at 12:45 am

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    My niece is singing at this event to kick it off on Saturday morning. Cool stuff all the way around.

  13. Baby Ruth March 21st, 2013 at 3:24 am

    ‘I assume Robbie will be back tomorrow. Boy will he ever be a sight for sore eyes.’

    ===========

    Just think he is in his walk year and Boras is his agent who carries a ‘big stick’

  14. Duh Innings II March 21st, 2013 at 4:46 am

    H arry “The Coward” Reid is so sc ared of the NRA he didn’t call for a vote on the assault weapons ban – what a chickensh it.

    Of course apologist MSNBC show host Ed Sch ultz said Reid did this so the Democrat senators in red states don’t lose their jobs co me election time.

    Uhhhh with that logic then let’s NEVER vote for an ass ault weapons ban because red state Democrats will lose their jobs if they vote for the ban.

    There comes a time in life where one must stand for som ething regardless of political ramifications of that stance. Newtown was that time and Reid and his supporters blew it.

    Reid and his supporters spit in the face of all the victims of Newtown and their families by not casting a vote re: assault weapons.

    Obama’s election victory has so far meant nothing. He is the Coward In Chief as I have yet to hear his disappointment over Reid not casting the vote or that he urged Reid to cast it.

    Time to oust Reid as majority leader as he is too concerned about politicians’ jobs including his own to be an effective, productive Senate Majority Leader.

  15. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 6:24 am

    When Jeter was on the DL in 2011, and Nunez filled in at SS as his regular position (rather than bopping around the infield), he did pretty well if I remember correctly.

    I feel strongly that the Yankees , while they need to continue to explore a trade for “something,” that they need to be very wary and they need to not panic. MLB has been waiting a looooooong time for the Yankees to collapse and you can bet that the prices in trade will be ridiculous. They always were a little higher for the Yankees anyway, but it’s going to be worse now.

  16. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Jerkface, thanks for the link to the concussion story. I never imagined how bad it could get.

  17. Ghostwriter March 21st, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 6:24 am

    When Jeter was on the DL in 2011, and Nunez filled in at SS as his regular position (rather than bopping around the infield), he did pretty well if I remember correctly.

    I feel strongly that the Yankees , while they need to continue to explore a trade for “something,” that they need to be very wary and they need to not panic. MLB has been waiting a looooooong time for the Yankees to collapse and you can bet that the prices in trade will be ridiculous. They always were a little higher for the Yankees anyway, but it’s going to be worse now.
    ============

    There is definitely no need to panic. The Yanks’ pitching can see them through this early rough patch. And I think that Nunez will prove to be an adequate fill-in until Jeter can return.

  18. Ghostwriter March 21st, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Duh Innings II March 21st, 2013 at 4:46 am
    =============

    Two points:
    First, I don’t think that this is the appropriate venue for these kinds of discussions. People come here to discuss a pastime, and not to get agitated over petty political grievances. You might try respecting their wishes.

    Second, I think that it’s pretty despicable for anybody on either side of the gun control issue to politicize the killings at Newtown for political gain. Those people have been through enough.

  19. Ghostwriter March 21st, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Second, I think that it’s pretty despicable for anybody on either side of the gun control issue to politicize the killings at Newtown for political gain. Those people (the families of the victims) have been through enough.

  20. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Good morning.

    Comparisons to Jeter are as inevitable as they are ridiculous.

    Not likely anyone will ever fill those shoes completely nor should we expect anyone to.

    Same for Mo’s eventual replacement.

    Those guys kinda stand alone. They are literally monumental in nature.

    That said, doesn’t mean the next set can’t be plenty good.

    And Nunez has his chance. Let’s see what he can do w it.

    Next year someone will get their chance to become an effective closer.

  21. jmills March 21st, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Happy spring everybody, can’t stay long; looks like I’ve got fifth starter issues.

  22. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I’d like to see what Mustelier can do too.

    Put Youkilis at 1st and Ronnier at 3rd.

    Save Rivera for the bench.

    Boesch in right.

  23. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Mills-

    In honor of Spring I present you w. these:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/FloweringTrees?authkey=Gv1sRgCK-C4qOgvtOrSA

    Enjoy.

    :)

  24. blake March 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Morning MTU, Jmills and everyone

  25. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Greetings and felicitations Blake.

  26. jmills March 21st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Fuchsia at this time of year, how dare you, MTU! :D

  27. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:09 am

    And these :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/Flowers1?authkey=Gv1sRgCKKlwrGq18faogE

    Taken at a local nursery.

    :)

  28. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Mills-

    Isn’t Mother Nature grand.

    :)

  29. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth as well as a time for new growth to appear.

    Hear that Yankees.

    ;)

  30. jmills March 21st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Pansies, tulips, etc.,fantastique, my euphorbias are screaming to go outside, let alone the benjis!

  31. blake March 21st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU says:
    March 21, 2013 at 8:13 am
    Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth as well as a time for new growth to appear.

    It’s also the time for pollen and me sneezing my head off :(

  32. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    One of the most beautiful places we ever visited was the botanical gardens in Montreal

  33. jmills March 21st, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Blake, you’re the down to our up :)

    Hamilton has wonderful botanical gardens, and since I’m tucked against the escarpment, we stay a few degrees warmer allowing for delicates to take over – best of luck to my new little Japanese Maple!

  34. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:30 am

    GGBG CF
    Ichiro LF
    Cano 2B
    Youkilis 1B
    Hafner DH
    Musty 3B
    Boesch/Rivera/Francisco RF
    Cervelli C
    Nunez SS

    CC Sabathia

  35. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I had to prove that the Desert has some colors other than shades of red, green, and blue didn’t I ?

    ;)

  36. jmills March 21st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    MTU, you did.

    Gotta’ run, shine on you crazy diamonds.

  37. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    SP :

    CC
    AP
    Kuroda
    Nova
    Phelps

    Hughes (15 day DL)

  38. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Pen :

    His Mo-Ness
    D-Rob
    Logan
    The Jobster
    Warren/Marshall
    ?
    ?

  39. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Breakfast time.

  40. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Proximo hilo —–>

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