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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Yankees HOPE Week makes big splash

The Yankees signed autographs, posed for the pictures with the kids, and even engaged in a couple games of ping pong.

But then things really got interesting. After taking a big group photo—including all the Yankees, and all the children—water balloons were distributed to everyone. Now, I had seen the buckets of water balloons earlier, and (naturally?) assumed we were going to play a harmless game of water balloon toss—you know, to see which pair could toss and catch the balloon the longest without breaking it…

Next thing I knew, Rivera was…. using a young girl as a shield… drilled in the left shoulder from point-blank range…. bucket of ice water over his head… screaming children.

OK, so there was some selective quoting in that last paragraph.

This is also cool:

When the Yankees moved to the outfield to do their pregame stretching, manager Joe Girardi brought the children along with them. Suddenly, the kids were side-by-side with the players—doing leg bends, running sprints, and high-fiving them at the end of it all.

Guapo Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cris E Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:21 PM (#3887529)
This story, or one very much like it, gets written every year. It's pretty much a fish-in-barrel deal where the PR dept gets a bunch of kids that elicit tons of sympathy and let them hang with players and everyone takes pictures and whatever.

And it's a great story every time.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:35 PM (#3887545)
And it's a great story every time.

Yup. I remember the story about the Yankees doing this last year, and for at least a few minutes, I didn't hate them. And that's not easy for me.

   3. Shooty Did Not Have Relations With That Pig Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:42 PM (#3887557)
Yup. I remember the story about the Yankees doing this last year, and for at least a few minutes, I didn't hate them. And that's not easy for me.

The Yankees can't help being Yankees--it's in their nature, but the kids should know better so I hate them. BOO! BOOOOO!

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