Classy Night

There are few experiences in sports that rival being at the
World Series.

This is my second World Series in the seven years I’ve been
in the Yankees front office. The first came in my first year in the
organization, which was 2003. That Fall Classic didn’t go the way I had hoped
it would, as the Florida Marlins beat the Yankees in six games. But the
experience was still one that I’ll remember the rest of my life

I just returned to the press box from my post on the field,
where I watched the pre-game introductions. As thrilling as it was to be part
of a World Series in my first year with the Yankees, tonight has already
outweighed any of the Fall Classic games from ’03 — even before the first pitch
of the game was thrown.

Tonight’s pre-game ceremony honored and raised awareness for
veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many who are suffering with post traumatic
stress syndrome and other debilitating injuries. After the Yankees and Phillies
lineups were announced, First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden
escorted World War II hero Yogi Berra to the mound. A few moments later, Tony
Odierno, who received a Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart for his
service in Iraq, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Tony is currently a
member of the Yankees stadium operations department, and I am proud to know him
and to call him a friend.

The standing ovation that Tony received was well deserved.
Seeing the Yankees and Phillies players tip their caps to him was equally as
moving.

Now it’s time for the Yankees to make history. It’s the
first World Series game ever played at Yankee Stadium.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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