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Gary Sanchez of the Yankees headlines Thurman Munson Awards
37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner to benefit AHRC NYC. (From L to R: Bucky Dent, Graig Nettles, Diana Munson, Victor Cruz, Gary Sanchez and Wilmer Flores)

Gary Sanchez of the Yankees headlines Thurman Munson Awards

The Legend of Yankees’ former captain Thurman Munson still looms in a positive way and was highlighted this past Tuesday evening in New York City. The AHRC NYC Foundation held the 37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel raising funds to assist children and adults with disabilities. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised nearly $15 Million over its impactful history.

This past event was no different as it was jam-packed with notable New York athletes and featured an all-star lineup:


Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees, Thurman Munson Award

Bucky Dent & Graig Nettles, New York Yankees, Munson Legend Award

Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Wilmer Flores, New York Mets

Sanford J. Schlesinger, Founding Partner, Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, Corporate Hero Award

New York Sportscene got an inside scoop on the current state of Thurman Munson Award recipient and Yankees’ phenom Gary Sanchez. Sanchez had some interesting things to say about how he feels coming into the new season and dealing with big expectations. He also talks about what it means to win an award named after Munson.


Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees answered questions prior to the Awards Dinner. He started by saying that his 2017 goals are to stay healthy and to help the pitching staff. He emphasized that helping the pitching staff is really something that he wants to do this year.

When asked about Spring Training, he acknowledged that he has always been a slow starter so he is not changing anything but he plans to approach the spring with a lot of intensity and he is not resting on his laurels. He said he was only up for two months last season and that there is a lot to learn catching these guys on a regular basis.

When asked about his beard, he said that he is planning on shaving tomorrow before he heads down to Tampa for Spring Training. He also confirmed that he will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic. He said that he initially was going to play but changed his mind after talked to friends and family. He said that he did not speak to the Yankees organization when making his decision.

When asked about how it feels to win an award named after Thurman Munson , he stated that it is really an honor for him and that Thurman was a great human being and Yankees’ Captain. When asked if he has aspirations to become Captain, he said that’s something that he is not even thinking about and he is only thinking about next season. Only time will tell.


Honoree Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets said that he is real excited for the new season and it feels good to have everybody healthy. He really hopes the pitchers stay healthy. He hopes to play a lot in 2017 and stated that if he is out there every day, he’ll take it but if not, he will make adjustments. He said the injury last year was one of the hardest thing he has had  to endure in his career but he is ready.

Honoree Victor Cruz of the New York Giants stated that it feels good to know that the Giants are the only team to have beat Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl. When asked about his future he said he’s trying not to think about it and he wants to stay in blue but he understands this is a business so he is waiting patiently and staying healthy.

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. Special thanks to John Cirillo from Cirillo World Public Relations. Enjoy!


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