There's a (well-earned, generally speaking) perception that Spring Training games are meaningless, reserved for getting veterans in shape while the younger players scratch and claw their way towards the goal of a roster spot, or just to impress management. Today's Yankees game at Virgina Tech was anything but meaningless. After donating a million dollars to the school after the horrific shootings, Big Stein proved again that he can indeed be a class act by arranging for his team to head up to VA to play a benefit game against the Hokies (sidenote: what is a Hokie? And while I'm on the college nickname train, what is a Tar Heel? Are there a lot of tar pits in North Carolina that I don't know about?). Even better, the Yanks didn't send just send a few guys up as representatives to show they cared - a majority of the projected starting roster made the trip.
By all accounts the game was an amazing experience. The Yankees were proud to be part of the rebuilding effort, the Tech players were living a dream in playing against the likes of Jeter and A-Rod and the school community got into the spirit 100%.
Enough articles have been written about the game by this point, so there's really no need for me to say much more, but I'd like to tip my lovely Yankees cap to the Three Steinmeteers for putting this together. It's a credit to their collective character that they were willing to put their team's training aside for a day and do something to benefit others.
"People in New York ask what's the most important game of the year -- playoffs, World Series, whatever. To me, this is the most important game of my Yankees career. It makes you realize -- makes you think about -- how fragile life can be." -- A-Rod
Labels: do-gooders, spring training, Steinbrothers