Special Story on Yankees Baseball Summer Camp — in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine

March 13, 2017 — Last July, I spent a day at the Yankees Baseball Summer Camp. I was at the Denville, New Jersey, location on a hot Friday afternoon for two reasons.

First and foremost, my son, Alfred, was a camper, and getting the opportunity to watch him play in the championship game of his age division was a thrill I will not soon forget. Dressed in a Yankees uniform, Alfred hit a line drive single in the first inning of the game and would later come around to score. Even though his team fell short in the game, the experience that he got during the course of the five-day camp was positive in every way.

Undoubtedly, Alfred became a more advanced baseball player, thanks to the tutelage he got during the four days of instruction and competition. On the one day that the campers didn’t take the field, they were at Yankee Stadium for an exclusive tour and a meet-and-greet with Yankees catcher Austin Romine. Additionally, Alfred and his fellow campers learned quite a lot about teamwork, sportsmanship and playing the game the right way. The importance of sportsmanship was not only spoken about constantly at the camp but it was reinforced with a point system. Throughout the course of the week, teams were given points for doing the right thing, such as running — not walking — onto and off the field each inning and for encouraging teammates after they made any errors.

Most importantly, Alfred had fun — from the minute he arrived at the beginning of the week until the he walked off the field with for the last time on Friday afternoon.

The other reason I was at the camp was to chronicle it for a feature in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine. For much more detail about this day camp, which the New York Yankees have organized in conjunction with Headfirst Professional Sports Camps for the past five summers, check out my feature.

The April Issue of Yankees Magazine will be on sale at Yankee Stadium and on newsstands throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, beginning on April 10.

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If you can’t wait until Opening Day to learn more about the Yankees Baseball Summer Camp, visit www.yankees.com/camps.

— Alfred Santasiere III