Gov. Christie’s Visit to Yankee Stadium

June 29, 2014 – Earlier this week, I watched a few innings of the fourth annual Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic at Yankee Stadium. Several former Yankees, including Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Charlie Hayes, Graeme Lloyd and Jeff Nelson participated in the event.

As the case was in previous years, the event included two seven-inning games. In the first game of the afternoon, several Broadway stars squared off against each other, and in the second game, a team led by former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason took on a squad made up of the former Yankees along with members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation — which fights Cystic Fibrosis — the Actors Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Toward the end of the second game, I caught up with Esiason’s third baseman, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, in the dugout.

“First of all, we’re out here for a great cause,” said the Garden State’s 55th governor, who was sporting jersey number 55. “I’m happy to be here because of that. As a guy who grew up in this area and played baseball in high school, getting to play on the field at Yankee Stadium is amazing.”

–Alfred Santasiere III


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