What the Yanks did yesterday was a wonderful gesture, though the cynics among us will call it “calculated” or just a “media ploy”. The truth is, George Steinbrenner pledged $1M to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund shortly after the 32 students were assassinated just under a year ago. Part of his donation was also a request that the Yanks come and play a game on campus.
Whether or not having a pro club, forget that it’s the Yanks, come and play on campus will help with the healing at all is up for debate, but there’s no denying everyone involved in yesterday’s events were happy it took place.
“She smiled. This is part of the reason why we’re here,” Jeter said. “It reminds me a little of Sept. 11, when we had an opportunity to visit a lot of families. People always ask how this helps, and I really don’t know. If it just makes people smile and enjoy themselves for the three hours we’re here, it’s all worthwhile.”