November 2013

Thanksgiving feast from Yanks and SCAN

The Yankees, Legends Hospitality and the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN) will team up to host a Thanksgiving Day feast for approximately 200 local residents at SCAN-NY’s Mullaly Recreation Center at 40 East 164th Street in the Bronx at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Bronx-based SCAN has provided support to thousands of New York City at-risk families since 1977. Their mission is to provide at-risk families and children living in East Harlem and the South Bronx with integrated family-focused programming which uses a positive approach to harness self-esteem, initiative and the development of life skills.

Holiday events this week at Yankee Stadium

More than three dozen New York City high school students from Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation’s Jeter’s Leaders program will assemble gift bags at their annual holiday gift wrapping party Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The 1,100 gift bags, which include items donated by the Yankees and other sponsors, will help children from Turn 2 programs in New York, West Michigan and Tampa celebrate the holidays at events in the coming months.

After assembling the gift bags, the Jeter’s Leaders will be treated to a private pre-holiday party in the Stadium’s Legends Suite.

Jeter’s Leaders is an intensive four-year leadership development program for high school students who serve as ambassadors for Derek Jeter in their communities.

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $18 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow.

And beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, the Yankees and White Rose will team up once again to hold their annual Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway at Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 (corner of 164th Street and Jerome Avenue) and Gate 8 (164th Street and River Avenue).

Bronx residents are invited to come to the Stadium and pick up a food voucher, which can be redeemed at a local Met Food market or Pioneer Supermarket while supplies last. Proof of Bronx residency is required to receive a voucher.

Yankees pitch in to assemble USO Big Apple Packs

Yankee Stadium’s Great Hall will be the site starting at 10:30 p.m. Thursday where some 150 volunteers will help assemble approximately 5,000 USO Big Apple Packs for active servicemen and servicewomen.

Yankees front office employees, service members and veterans will be present to help prepare care packages for those serving in our Armed Forces. Additionally, volunteers from PepsiCo, FedEx, ESPN and Disney will also participate.

On hand to lend support to the cause will be Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network analyst David Cone. They will help assemble packs with various items, including Yankees memorabilia. The USO will distribute the packs to troops serving in remote units in Afghanistan during this holiday season.

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases stateside and abroad, quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. It also provides critical support to forward-deployed troops, military families, Wounded Warriors and their families and families of the fallen. For more information about the USO of Metropolitan New York, visit usonyc.org.

Mo to be honored with Lou Gehrig Sports Award

Mariano Rivera will be honored at the 19th annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit Thursday night at the New York Mariott Marquis at Broadway and West 45th Street.

Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader who ended a brilliant 19-season career in 2013, will receive the prestigious Lou Gehrig Sports Award along with formers Mets pitcher turned broadcaster Ron Darling and former Giants quarterback turned sportscaster Phil Simms.

Also to be honored will be former Eagles and Patriots fullback Kevin Turner, who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease that ended Gehrig’s life in 1941 and bears his name.

Former Yankees pitchers David Cone and Tommy John, who are past recipients and honorary board members, will also be in attendance. The master of ceremonies will be ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.

“We are truly inspired by our honorees for their performance both on and off the field and are grateful to their support in helping to raise awareness of ALS,” said Dorine Gordon, president and chief executive officer of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. “We are pleased to be honoring these four athletes who through their character, courage and determination embody the legacy of Lou Gehrig.”

Jeter re-ups for 20th big-league season

Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte may be leaving the Yankees but not Derek Jeter. The captain signed a one-year contract for $12 million Friday and intends to be healthy for the 2014 season.

Jeter, 39, is a career .312 hitter with the ninth highest total of hits (3,316), among which are 525 doubles, 65 triples and 256 home runs. DJ has scored 1,876 runs, driven in 1,261 and stolen 348 bases in 2,602 games over 19 major-league seasons, all with the Yankees (1995-2013). A five-time World Series champion (1996, 1998-2000, ’09), 13-time All-Star (1998-2002, ’04, ’06-12) and five-time Gold Glove Award winner (2004-06, ’09-10), Jeter will become the longest-tenured player in franchise history with his first game played in 2014, breaking the record he currently shares with Rivera.

In 2013, Jeter batted .190 with eight runs, one double, one home run and seven RBI in 17 games (13 starts at shortstop, four at designated hitter) and 63 at-bats. He missed 145 games during four stints on the disabled list. Prior to last season, he had been on the DL only five times and missed just 82 games.

Jeter is a five-time Silver Slugger Award recipient (2006-09, ’12) with eight career 200-hit seasons, including a majors-leading 216 hits in 2012. Prior to last season, Jeter had a 17-season streak (1996-2012) of at least 150 hits per season, matching Hank Aaron (1955-71) for the longest such stretch in major-league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeter, who was named the 11th captain in team history June 3, 2003, is the Yankees’ all-time leader in hits, games, stolen bases, at-bats, singles (2,470) and hit by pitches (164). He also ranks second in doubles (Lou Gehrig-534), third in runs (Babe Ruth -1,959, Gehrig-1,888) and ninth in homers. No active player has appeared in more games for his current team than DJ, who is 10th all-time in games played among big leaguers who have spent their entire careers with one club.

Additionally, Jeter is one of just two players in Major League history, along with Willie Mays, to record at least 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 RBI in their careers.

Born in Pequannock, N.J., and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., Jeter was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft (sixth pick overall). In 1996, he established the “Turn 2” Foundation to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. As a result of Turn 2’s programs and his other good works off the field, Jeter was honored by Major League Baseball with the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to the player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field.