Posts Tagged ‘Yankees’

A Good Athlete, A Good Man

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting pitcher David Phelps at the Yankees Homecoming Dinner in 2012.  He impressed me with his great character and faith.  I’m glad to see the National Catholic Register profile David who is a good athlete – and, more importantly, a good  man.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

David Phelps knew he was meant to marry a woman in his international relations class at the University of Notre Dame. The only problem was, that special woman was completely unaware of it.

Phelps (no relation to former longtime Notre Dame basketball coach Richard “Digger” Phelps), started off on the wrong foot with the classmate who had caught his eye. However, through prayer and humble perseverance, he eventually gained her respect and her appreciation of the Catholic faith.

Now David and Maria Phelps are happily married, with Jesus as the center of their lives. This holy cohesion provides the foundation for stable living in an oftentimes stressful job.

Click here to read the whole interview.

Hope Week

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting a group of young people, all displaced from Haiti following last year’s devastating earthquake, who are now students and parishioners from Saints Joachim and Anne parish in Queens Village.  The students were taking part in Hope Week, a marvelous program sponsored by the New York Yankees.  The students, and their parents or guardians, were joined by a wonderful young priest from their parish, Father Jean M. Delva, and six members of the Yankees, players C.C. Sabathia, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Freddie Garcia, and coaches Tony Pena and Mike Harkey.

The Yankees had hosted the children at yesterday’s game, and then they all boarded a double- decker bus to visit the Empire State Building and Times Square, before coming for a visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  Monsignor Ritchie, the Cathedral Rector, provided a history of the Cathedral, and told them the story of Pierre Toussaint, a former slave from Haiti, who was brought to New York and is now a candidate for sainthood!   The young people visited Toussaint’s resting place in the crypt beneath the Cathedral’s high altar, lit a candle at the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then joined me in my residence for some ice cream cake and cookies!

It was a wonderful evening, and I was pleased that Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – such a vital part of the City of New York – was able to join together with the Yankees in doing something special for these young men and women.  I was just as proud that a Catholic parish, Saints Joachim and Anne in the Diocese of Brooklyn, is having such a positive impact on the lives of these young people, victims of a terrible tragedy, who are being given the opportunity for a wonderful education.

Here are some pictures from last night!

Welcoming Derek Jeter to the Cathedral

With Msgr. Ritchie and Bishop Sullivan as we tell the history of St. Patrick's Cathedral

Lighting candles with the students at St. Patrick's Cathedral

Celebrating Hope Week

With Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and C.C. Sabathia

Lino Rulli and Ryan Grant of The Catholic Guy show of Sirius/XM interview Derek Jeter

Photos by Joseph Zwilling

World Series Wager

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I thought you might enjoy reading this press release that was posted on our website today.

LineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2009


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2009 World Series.

These two long-time friends spoke on Tuesday evening to settle the terms of the bet.  If the Phillies win, Archbishop Dolan will ship a dozen bagels to the City of Brotherly Love; if the Yankees prevail, Cardinal Rigali will send a box of Tastykakes to the Big Apple.

Archbishop Dolan said, “Cardinal Rigali is one of my closest and dearest friends; for several years he even served as my Archbishop so I feel a particular loyalty to him.  I know he has exquisite taste in most matters. I just wish he had better taste in baseball teams.”

Cardinal Rigali said, “I have great esteem for Archbishop Dolan.  He is a gifted spiritual leader who has been a true friend for many years.  That is why I am so sorry he will be disappointed when the Phillies successfully defend their World Championship.  We have the cream cheese ready for the bagels that I know will be arriving shortly after the Repeat in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love.”


To read more media releases, click here.

A Baseball Crisis Resolved

Monday, October 26th, 2009
photo by Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

photo by Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

It’s been hard for this bishop to be against angels, but fortunately that crisis of conscience has passed with the Yankees 5-2 victory last night over the Los Angeles Angels, giving them their 40th American League pennant and sending the Bronx Bombers back to the World Series.

Rooting for the Yankees has been a very natural thing for me, as I have been a Yankee fan since 1961 when, as an 11 year old in Saint Louis, I closely followed the Maris/Mantle home run race.  (Of course, being a Cardinal’s fan is a part of my D.N.A.)

With the Angels out of the way, and my beloved Redbirds having been sent home in the first round, there will be no dilemmas when it comes to cheering unreservedly for the Yankees in the Fall Classic.

However, I will feel bad for my friend and mentor, Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, when the Yankees beat his Phillies.

And for Mets fans, please remember that October 28, the first day of the World Series, is also the Feast of Saint Jude, the Patron Saint of Impossible Cases.