The legendary name Thurman Munson was alive and well this past Tuesday evening in New York City. Notable athletes past and present were in attendance as the AHRC NYC Foundation held the 38th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Foundation raises funds to assist children and adults with disabilities and offered a strong slate of honorees at their 2018 gala.
Carlos Beltran, 2017 World Series Champion – Munson Legend Award
Jorge Posada, New York Yankees Legend – Munson Legend Award
David Robertson, New York Yankees – Thurman Munson Award
T.J. Rivera, New York Mets – Thurman Munson Award
Justin Tuck, New York Giants Legend – Thurman Munson Award
James M. Benson – Corporate Hero Award Recipient
New York Sportscene was on hand for the press conference where some interesting information was shared by the honorees.
Honoree Carlos Beltran, who has played for both the Yankees and the Mets in the past, had some interesting comments. He explained that he was disappointed with the Federal Governments’ handling of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. He then later stated that he is not planning to visit the White House with the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros. Naturally, he was asked if his non-visit has to do with the President of the United States and he said no.
Another interesting tidbit shared by Beltran was that the Yankees Organization did offer him an upper management position after they awarded the manager position to Aaron Boone. Beltran turned down that offer and said he may be interested in the future. He answered yes when asked if he would have said yes if he was chosen to be the Yankees’ manager instead of Boone.
Honoree Jorge Posada was asked about his former teammate and close friend Derek Jeter. Posada supported the work that Jeter has been dong with the Marlins and had some insightful words about his friend. “He loves challenges, so this is another challenge in his life” said Posada and how true those words are indeed.
Posada also said that he would be interested in working for an MLB organization in the future. He went as far as to say that he would be interested in a position with the Marlins if Derek Jeter was to ever offer him a contract. It is commonly known that Posada resides in Miami so this would be convenient for Jorge on multiple levels.
Honoree David Robertson was asked the first question of the evening by a reporter that quickly turned to the topic of the player’s union and economics to which Robertson quickly stopped him and indicated the topic is way too much to start out with which prompted chuckles from the crowd.
Robertson said that he is proud to be a part of Thurman Munson’s legacy and was asked if he has yet to reach out to new Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone. He said they have text messaged back and forth, recounting their most recent correspondence as “what’s the new attire for plane flights.” He said that Boone has been very friendly and very open and gets back to him very quickly.
Honoree T.J. Rivera, who grew up in the Bronx and was Mets’ 2017 Roberto Clemente Award nominee, noted that Thurman Munson was his mother’s favorite ballplayer. He said that his rehab is going good almost five months after the surgery and he hopes to throw soon but cannot yet determine a return date. He also mentioned that he will report to Spring Training with the team and continue his rehab in Florida.
Honoree Justin Tuck said that he still keeps up with the state of his former team, the New York Giants, and that he approves of the hiring of Pat Schurmur as head coach. Tuck also stated that he is happy that the organization is sticking with Eli Manning for next season. Interestingly, Tuck revealed that his a huge New York Yankees fan and he is excited for the upcoming season.
New York Sportscene Editor in Chief Bryan Revello and Associate Editor Joanne Phillips took some pictures and videos at the event to share with our readers. (Videos will be posted soon)
Special thanks to John Cirillo from Cirillo World Public Relations. Enjoy!