• Derek Jeter & Vicki Soto

    Posted by on December 21st, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Wonderful story via the Daily News

    The mother of slain teacher Victoria Soto received a surprise phone call Wednesday from one of her courageous daughter’s heroes: Yankee Derek Jeter.

    The Bronx Bombers captian rang Donna Soto the same day she laid her 27-year-old daughter to rest. The Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher was killed Friday as she shielded her first-grade students from deranged gunman Adam Lanza.

    “Vicki loved the Yankees — that was part of her eulogy,” her cousin James Wiltsie said Wednesday night. “No one in the family reached out, so (Jeter) must have heard about it and … reached out.

    Wiltsie did not give details of the conversation but did say it was uplifting.

    “It was a surprise and unexpected. Donna was ecstatic over it and very happy. She spoke to him for quite some time.”

    Vicki’s sister Carlee tweeted the family’s excitment.

    “Derek Jeter just called my mom!!!!! Thanks Vicki, she needs it thank you @yankees this meant a lot to my mother and all of us.”

    This morning, I had to take my wife to the hospital – to the same day surgery unit. She had to be there at 7 AM for a scheduled 9 AM surgery. (She’s home, fine, and recovering now.) While she was in there, and I was in the waiting room, they were airing (on the TV) the tolling of church bells commemorating one week since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    I was reading Matt McCarthy’s book when it started. And, out of respect for those killed, I stopped what I was doing and paid silent and serious attention to the faces of victims as they appeared on the TV (with the toll of each bell).

    There were probably, at least, ten other people in the waiting area and they all did the same thing. One man, in his late 70’s, was very moved and started to cry. Soon after, some of the women there also started rubbing their eyes. It was a very emotional moment.

    To be honest, I still can’t get rid of my anger over what happened last Friday. I don’t have the answers to anything that could have stopped it. I know that there are a lot of things at play here. And, they all should be addressed. Nonetheless, again, to be candid, I want someone “to pay for what happened.” But, I realize that’s not possible. (That’s part of the reason why I can’t get rid of my anger, I suppose.)

    My heart goes out to everyone who was impacted by the events of last Friday. I know that their lives will never be the same. It’s terribly unfair.  To say that it was a senseless tragedy doesn’t seem like enough. It’s very hard to put into words how horrible this thing is…at least for me.

    But, it was great of Jeter to reach out and try to provide some comfort to one of the families.

    I know he’s not the only one. And, I am sure there’s more that’s not getting reported, like Jeter. Yet, it’s still a nice thing to hear…that he personally took the time to try and help.

    Comments on Derek Jeter & Vicki Soto

    1. Raf
      December 21st, 2012 | 8:15 pm

      That’s awesome. Kudos to Jeter.

    2. BOHAN
      December 21st, 2012 | 10:14 pm

      I do CrossFit and some of our “benchmark” workouts are named after “Heroes.” Mostly people that we in the Military that have been killed in action (for anyone that isnt familar with CrossFit) but within the last week there was a workout named after Victoria and at my box (or gym) we did the workout today in honor of her.

    3. Raf
      December 21st, 2012 | 10:35 pm

      @ BOHAN:

      How long have you been doing crossfit and if you’re still playing ball, how has it worked out for you?

    4. BOHAN
      December 21st, 2012 | 10:51 pm

      about 7 months… and im done playing but i think it would help alot… alot of explosive athletic movements and my cardio is through the roof now… wish i had it in college

    5. Raf
      December 21st, 2012 | 10:58 pm

      @ BOHAN:
      Cool, good to know. Everyone I know that is into it swears by it.

    6. BOHAN
      December 21st, 2012 | 11:20 pm

      Yea I love it… i was skeptical at first but after about a month is hooked… Very addicting especially when you start to see improvements… it would be tough to workout any other way

    7. redbug
      December 22nd, 2012 | 12:15 pm

      Derek Jeter is a good man.

      This country needs to make these kinds of weapons and ammo illegal. We also must do more for people mentally unhealthy. I sincerely hope this dysfunctional congress will put politics aside and put the safety of its citizens, especially children first.

    8. JeremyM
      December 23rd, 2012 | 9:15 am

      redbug wrote:

      I sincerely hope this dysfunctional congress will put politics aside…

      Yeah, about that redbug…..

    9. Raf
      December 23rd, 2012 | 11:12 am

      How’s your wife doing, Steve?

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