Monday, August 17, 2015

Charleston survivor and college baseball player Singleton surprised by Yankees Gardner, Rodriguez, and Betances, on Today Show, later took BP and threw first pitch at the Stadium

8/17/15, "WWE’s John Cena helps Yankees surprise son of Charleston shooting victim," Washington Post,

Monday on the “Today” show, several members of the New York Yankees surprised a young man who has had more than his share of heartbreak, with WWE’s John Cena sitting in as co-host.

Chris Singleton, a 19-year-old college baseball player, lost his mother on June 17 when a gunman opened fire on a prayer group in church in Charleston, S.C., killing her and eight others. Since then, his maturity and message of compassion have left an impression.

On Monday, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances came onto the “Today set (watch the video here) to greet Singleton, an outfielder at Charleston Southern University, and give him tickets to Monday night’s Yankees game, at which Singleton will throw out the first pitch.

“When something like this happens, you never think it would happen to you, so I think everybody praying for me has allowed me to be this strong,” Singleton told Tamron Hall and Cena....

Update, 7:15 p.m.: Singleton did, indeed, throw out the first pitch at Monday’s Yankees-Twins, and he also got his name shouted out during a traditional “roll call” by the stadium’s “bleacher creatures.”
Charleston survivor Singleton at Yankee Stadium

Before that, the college baseball player took batting practice and hit a home run, according to team officials. He was in the same batting group as Gardner, a South Carolina native who played at the College of Charleston."

Image caption: "Chris Singleton is taking
his swings with the @Yankees during BP." Yankee PR Sept. via Washington Post. final 8-7 Yankees over Twins in 10 innings

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