Taking the Mound

August 9, 2013 – On July 30, the Trenton Thunder (Yankees Double-A affiliate) hosted Yankees Magazine night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

As part of the annual promotion, the first 1,000 fans received a complimentary copy of the July Issue of Yankees Magazine, and I threw one of two ceremonial first pitches.

My 5-year old son, Alfred, threw the other ceremonial pitch. For me, the opportunity to take the mound at a professional baseball game with my son was unforgettable.

All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson played for Trenton that night, as he made his way back to the big leagues (after suffering a broken finger). Prior to the game, I asked if Granderson — who I had spent time with in Bermuda during the offseason for a feature story — would catch the ceremonial pitches.

Granderson agreed to be our catcher, and Alfred and I both tossed strikes to the plate.

As exciting as it was to have Granderson catch my pitch, seeing my son throw a strike in front of a few thousand people was an even greater thrill. Alfred got a warm ovation from the crowd, and a nice compliment from our catcher.

“He’s got a cannon,” Granderson said as he handed the baseballs back to me. “That was a fastball.”

–Alfred Santasiere III


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