Sabathia, Mo, others have surprise parties
The New York Yankees’ fifth annual HOPE Week continued Thursday afternoon when the Yankees welcomed The Birthday Wishes Organization to the stadium.
Birthday Wishes focuses on providing birthday parties to homeless children across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Founded by three friends in 2002, the organization has grown to serve over 175 shelters using volunteer workers and community involvement. Before the Yankees took the field against the Kansas City Royals, New York gave Birthday Wishes and 35 lucky kids a day they will never forget.
The group arrived at Yankee Stadium in the late morning and got the rare opportunity to go on the field. The kids were awestruck as they sat in the dugout and walked around the warning track like the Yankee players they had so often watched on TV. It was a great start to the day for this group but the surprises were just beginning.
After a short walk through the Yankees’ museum, the Birthday Wishes group headed up to one of the stadium suites where the Yankees had a special treat waiting for them. When the kids got to the suite, in true surprise birthday party fashion, CC Sabathia, Marino Rivera, Chris Stewart, Phil Hughes, and David Phelps jumped out and yelled “SURPRISE”! The room had everything necessary for a birthday party including live music, a magician, ball park food, and of course birthday cake. The party wrapped up with players and kids singing happy birthday, a memory the young party goers would keep forever.
The great day for Birthday Wishes did not end there as several members of the group got the opportunity to throw out the first pitch of the game to none other than the legendary Marino Rivera. Once the game started, the group was able to see one of their favorite Yankees return to the field as Derek Jeter played in his first game of the season. The team went on to win the game 8-4. There may be no such thing as perfect, but for these kids, this day was as close as it gets.