Yankees don superhero costumes at HERO Week event (vid/pic)
The New York Yankees are in the midst of the organization’s annual HOPE Week and on Thursday several players donned superhero costumes to help lift the spirits of some children battling pediatric brain cancer during an event at Yankee Stadium.
The rain didn’t stop #HOPEWeek Day 4! We honored A Moment of Magic Foundation, with a little help from some super-heroic pitchers! pic.twitter.com/Ro7HLVd6ck
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 25, 2017
The rundown of the costumed Yankees, as noted by Cut4:
CC Sabathia as Superman
Masahiro Tanaka as Michelangelo (a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle)
Michael Pineda as Wolverine
Luis Severino as Iron Man
Jordan Montgomery as Captain America
Brian Cashman as Spider-Man
“Today’s an amazing day,” said Sabathia, via the Yankees’ official site. “I love to dress up, so any time I get a chance to dress up, I was all in. Just to get a chance to see the kids’ faces and everybody smiling and having a good time, it makes it really worth it.”
The presence of Disney princesses at the event comes from the Yankees partnering with A Moment of Magic, a program that “takes college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and schools dressed as some of the world’s most popular princesses.”
The Yankees have been participating in HOPE Week since 2009, which is described on the team’s official website as follows: “On each of five consecutive days during the celebration of HOPE Week, the Yankees shine a spotlight on a different individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support.”
HOPE stands for ““Helping Others Persevere & Excel.”
As noted above, Cashman came dressed as Spider-Man, which arguably provided for the most amusing image from the event.
Cashman joked he thought about perhaps keeping the costume.
“I was walking down the hallways in it yesterday around the office,” he said. “My favorite month of the year is October — hopefully because it’s October baseball for the Yankees — but Halloween is awesome.”
But what’s of course most important is how the Yankees organization hopefully brought some joy into the lives of these brave children.