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The children of Camp Simcha know what it’s like to be on the disabled list. Perhaps that’s why they and CC Sabathia, starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, developed an instant connection when the major league star visited the camp on Tuesday.
Sabathia’s arrival was heralded by the lights and sirens of his police honor guard. But the sirens were no match for Camp Simcha’s children and counselors, who formed a human tunnel to welcome him to the camp. The 6’ 2” athlete was visibly moved, not only by the cheers, but by the presentation he received from the campers: a handmade plate painted with the New York Yankees logo and inscribed, “You made us feel better. We hope you feel better.” (Sabathia is currently recuperating from season-ending knee surgery. He has already announced his intention to resume his career next spring.)
The MLB legend demonstrated ultimate sportsmanship, signing baseballs and jerseys for each of the campers, shaking their hands, and speaking personally to all. He also demonstrated his major league style on Camp Simcha’s baseball field, pitching to campers before his departure.
“It was an incredible treat for our campers. They had a great time and it really looked like he enjoyed his visit as well,” said Shaindy Lowenthal, the camp’s program director.
Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s executive vice president, appreciated the star’s visit as well. “Mr. Sabathia made them feel less alone in their battles against illness. He encouraged them to keep fighting, because we all have it in us to do great things.”
(YWN Sullivan County Newsroom)
Aaawww!! Sniff sniff. So nice to read, a change from all the bad news, he seems like a really kind guy & the kids look like they loved this VIP visit!
Nice story…even a Red Sox fan could appreciate it. 😉
What a mentch, its good to see the kids so happy
He’s not 6’2″. He’s 6’7″. And judging by the size of his gut he doesn’t appear to be coming off the disabled list anytime soon.
interesting he signs with his right hand, even though he pitches with his left. shailah for his hanachas tefilin BSTU”M
I agree 😉
Dr. Jew Yorker, your remark was not only mean spirited, but tangential and gratuitous given the nature of the story!
Reb Boro Porker,
How does a guy who is supposed to be an athlete look like he’s on a steady diet of chulent and kugel?
Bringing happiness and smiles to children with cancer .A mentch.
You’re clueless. There are many overweight baseball players. He’s a pitcher so he doesn’t need to be trim and fit to run the bases… He’s still in better shape than you even with his gut. I bet he can outdo you in the gym or on the field in any area by far. Many football players for example offensive linemen, are overweight and have a “boich” and are tremendous athletes. I’m sorry but you really know nothing on the subject.