Where does Brett Gardner think he best fits in the Yankees lineup? How does he feel about Jacoby Ellsbury’s long-term contract? What are his thoughts on what might be his final season in pinstripes?
Gardner’s likely to be asked about all of these things — whether he’ll actually answer is a different matter altogether — when he’s recognized at the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner tomorrow night in Manhattan. It’s the inevitable part of events like this; the awards themselves are really nice and meaningful, but players are inevitably asked more about their on-field situation rather than the honor itself.
So, tomorrow’s Gardner’s turn to be honored and questioned. Here are the details about tomorrow night’s Munson Awards.
Who: Honorees – Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner; Giants safety Antrel Rolle; Knicks Hall of Fame forward Bernard King; Mets pitcher Dillon Gee; former major league star pitchers and baseball broadcasters David Cone/YES Network and Jim Kaat/MLB Network; and Thurman’s widow Diana Munson; Master of Ceremonies: Michael Kay, YES Network Yankees Broadcaster and ESPN NY 98.7 FM Radio Host.
What: The 34th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner to benefit AHRC New York City Foundation
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street, New York City
Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Realty Capital Properties, and William M. Kahane, Chief Executive Officer, RCS Capital, will receive the “Corporate Hero” Awards. Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 34th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $12 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.
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