Special Trip to the Mound in Trenton
July 21, 2014 — For the third consecutive season, the Trenton Thunder (Yankees Double-A affiliate) held Yankees Magazine Night.
During the pregame festivities on June 30, the team gave a free copy of the June Issue of Yankees Magazine to the first 1,000 fans through the gates. As they have done in previous seasons, the Thunder invited me and my son, Alfred, to throw ceremonial first pitches.
My ceremonial toss reached the catcher but Alfred fired a pitch right to the mitt for a strike. The crowd was clearly impressed by the 6 year old’s form on the mound, as they gave him a loud ovation.
As I’ve written before, it was a thrill to take the mound at a professional stadium, but having the opportunity to watch my boy throw a ceremonial first pitch was unforgettable. The pride I felt as I watched him calmly walk out to the mound with an ear-to-ear smile on his face, throw the pitch and shake the catcher’s hand, will stay with me for a long time.
For the complete story about Yankees Magazine Night in Trenton, turn to the Bomber Bites section of the August Issue.
–Alfred Santasiere III