From The Daily News Journal -
When Alexander Cartwright first put bat to ball — and by doing so invented baseball — over 160 years ago, there’s little chance he knew what type of influence the game would have on the country as a whole.
Kids grow up idolizing their favorite players, re-enacting their favorite moments in their backyards, and making their own plans for the day when they will one day lace up their cleats for their favorite big-league ballclub.
One local child got a chance, if only for a day, to get a taste of what that experience is like.
Christian Fogerty, a 9-year old fourth grader at Bellwood Discovery School, recently made the trip to New York City to meet his favorite player, Derek Jeter. The trip was an opportunity to not only get some face time with the Yankees All-Star shortstop and future Hall of Famer, but to pick up some tips from Jeter at the Steiner Sports Derek Jeter Clinic. The event, held at Riverbank Park Sports Complex, also featured instruction from Yankees’ pitching coach Ron Guidry, Yankees’ pitching prospect Phillip Hughes, and former-Yankee Tino Martinez.
Christian’s mother, Mary Fogerty, discovered the camp a year ago on the internet and thought it would be the perfect motivational tool for her son to have a good year at school. For Christian, while it was good motivation, the wait was almost too much.
It’s interesting to see Hughes running with the big boys on this one. Probably good – it will take some of the “awe” out of his eventual call-up to the show.