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A moving ceremony

April 15, 2010 - Pam Rodgers

It is no secret that I am a Yankees fan. I’m not a die hard, obsessive fan but I enjoy watching them play baseball. I attend a live game every year with my family, and it’s a lot of fun. On Tuesday, the Yankees had their home-opener. The opening ceremonies had the added bonus of handing out their World Series Championship rings. It was great to hear the long list of players who helped New York win its 27th World Series title last year. A highlight was to see Jerry Hairston Jr., who now plays for San Diego. He thought the ring ceremony was important enough to catch a red eye flight to New York so he could be in Yankee Stadium to get his ring. A true tribute for the meaning behind winning a world series win.
 By far the best part of the ceremony involved the last player announced. The Yankees played the Angles that day. It was fitting that the Series MVP, Hideki Matsui could be involved in the ceremony, despite being with Angels and not the Yankees this season. He was given a true hero’s welcome even though he would be playing against New York in the game later that day.
 The fans gave him a standing ovation and the whole Yankees team gathered around him with hugs and smiles as they welcomed Matsui back to the stadium. It was great to witness the class the New York fans and players showed to a great former Yankee baseball player.
 And to make the day even better, the Yankees topped the Angels 7 to 5. It was a great moment in Yankee history.


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