Strike One, Strike Two — Ceremonial First Pitches in Trenton

By Alfred Santasiere III

July 4, 2015 — Earlier this week, I was at Arm & Hammer Park, where the Trenton Thunder (Yankees Double-A affiliate) held Yankees Magazine Night for the fourth consecutive season.

As part of the festivities, the first 1,000 fans in attendance for the June 30 game received a complimentary copy of the May Issue of Yankees Magazine. Additionally, the Thunder invited me and my 7-year-old son, Alfred, to toss ceremonial first pitches.

Even though I’ve had to opportunity to take the mound with Alfred in each of the last four seasons, the experience never gets old. It’s still very exciting and very special.

Unlike our previous experiences, Alfred led off this time around, firing a strike from about half way between the mound and the plate. Moments later, I followed with a strike pitch of my own.

During the Thunder game later that evening, my family and I spent some time with ESPN.com senior writer and New York Times Bestselling author Ian O’Connor in a suite. Like so many others in the ballpark, O’Connor took notice of Alfred’s pitch, and that made me proud.

“You’ve got great poise on the mound, Alfred,” O’Connor said. “You threw that ball as hard as you dad.”

— Alfred Santasiere III

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