The MVP Foundation will present checks to Robinson Cano and David Robertson on behalf of their foundations in a ceremony on the field before the game. The Yankee All-Stars will also take part in the ceremonial first pitches. The former Major Leaguers, Roy White, Jim Leyritz, Oscar Gamble, Phil Linz, Frank Tepedino, Billy Sample, John Doherty and Fred Cambria will take part in pre-game activities on the field and be available for autographs and photographs to "MVP Package" guests (details below).
"With former and current Yankees in attendance and Yankee hopefuls on the field, Thunder fans will have the rare opportunity to see past, present and future New York Yankees at the same event," said MVP Foundation founder and Thunder Team Chiropractor Thomas "Doc" Haveron.
Fans may receive a special ticket rate and support the RC24 and High Socks For Hope Foundations by purchasing their tickets online with Special Offer Code "MVP". With the code, tickets are just $10 ($2 off) and $3 per ticket will be donated. In addition, two lucky fans who use the Special Offer Code to purchase their ticket will be randomly selected to go on the field for the check presentations. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS NOW
VIP Ticket Packages that include a ticket in a luxury suite, food, refreshments and the opportunity to meet Cano and Robertson are available. MVP Packages that include a ticket in the third base picnic area, buffet and the chance to meet the former Major Leaguers are also available. Fans interested in either of these packages should email, email@example.com for more information.
Roy White played his entire career for the New York Yankees as an outfielder from 1965-1979 and was White was a part of two Yankee World Champion teams (1977 and 1978). A switch hitter, White was named an All-Star twice (1969 and 1970) and in 1971, he set an American League record for most sacrifice flies in a season with 17. Known as an excellent defensive player, White led the league in fielding percentage for four consecutive years (1968-1971). Upon retiring, Roy White served as a coach for the Yankees for three seasons in the mid 1980's before returning to the staff in 2004.
Jim Leyritz was a catcher, infielder, and outfielder who played for the Yankees in 1990-1996 and 1999-2000. He also played for the Anaheim Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 10 year career. A two time World Series Champion (1996 and 1999), Leyritz is known for his post season heroics and clutch home runs. In the 1996 World Series, Leyritz hit a home run off Atlanta Braves closer, Mark Wohlers, in game 4 that shifted the momentum back to the Yankees for the rest of the series; ultimately, ending in a World Series Championship. "The King" is also known for hitting the last home run of the 1990's by hitting a home run in game 4 of the 1999 World Series.
Oscar Gamble is a former outfielder and designated hitter who played in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons, from 1969-1985, on seven different teams including the New York Yankees (1976, '79-'84). Gamble hit .265, with 200 home runs, and 666 RBI in 9,000 career at bats. In 1976, Gamble helped the Yankees return to prominence as the "Bronx Bombers" won their first American League pennant in 12 seasons.
Phil Linz was a shortstop/second baseman in the Major Leagues from 1962-1968. He played for the New York Yankees between 1962-1965, before playing with the Philadelphia Phillies ('66-'67) and the New York Mets ('67-'68). After fellow shortstop Tony Kubek was sidelined with a career ending back injury, Linz had the opportunity to start at shortstop for the Yankees in the 1964 World Series. In a 7 year career, Linz batted .235 with 11 home runs and 96 RBI in 519 games played.
Frank Tepedino debuted with the New York Yankees in 1967 before playing with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971 and ending his career with the Atlanta Braves from 1973-1975. Tepedino had three stints with the Yankees, 1967, 1969-1971, 1972. A native New Yorker from Brooklyn, Tepedino was a left-handed first baseman with a career batting average of .241, 6 home runs, and 58 RBI. After retiring from Major League Baseball, Tepedino served as a New York Firefighter. On October 11, 2001, Tepedino had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium for Game 2 of the American League Division Series in honor of his NYFD colleagues who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Billy Sample was an outfielder in the Major Leagues for the Texas Rangers (1978-1984), New York Yankees (1985) and Atlanta Braves (1986). Following his playing career had a successful career as a broadcaster/writer. Sample has broadcast for the Braves, Seattle Mariners, and California Angels, as well as contributing to NPR, CBS Radio, ESPN, and MLB.com. Sample has been published in Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, and was one of the columnists at the inception of USA Today's Baseball Weekly.
Born in Bronx, New York, John Doherty was a pitcher who started his career with the Detroit Tigers in 1992, where he played for 4 years before playing for the Boston Red Sox, including playing for the Trenton Thunder in 1996. Doherty's most productive season came in 1993, when he recorded 14 wins, 63 strikeouts, and 3 complete games. In his 5 season career, Doherty posted a 32-31 record with 177 strikeouts and a 4.87 ERA in 148 appearances, including 61 starts, 5 complete games, two shut outs, 9 saves, and 523 1/3 innings of work.
Fred Cambria was a right-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in six Major League games, five as a starter for the Pirates. Cambria had a career ERA of 3.51 before an arm injury forced him to alter his delivery eventually leading to his leave from baseball in 1973. After graduating from St. Leo University, Cambria had the opportunity to coach the team. He then was a minor league instructor for the Padres' organization and also served as Commissioner of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
NY Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano played for the Trenton Thunder in 2003 and 2004 as he rose through the Yankees minor league system. He also returned to Trenton on an MLB rehabilitation assignment in 2006. Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitched for the Thunder as a minor leaguer in 2007 and 2008. This will be the first time in Thunder history that current members of the Yankees will visit Waterfront Park for a game, not counting rehab assignments.
In 2011, Dr. Thomas "Doc" Haveron founded the MVP Foundation (Medicine Via Philanthropy) which raises money for children with serious illnesses, provides scholarships for students to attend medical school and helps other non-profit foundations fulfill their missions. Learn more at http://www.mvpfoundation.net.
The game on July 26 is against the Harrisburg Senators and will begin at 7:05pm. It will also include a post-game fireworks show presented by The Bucks County Courier Times and Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser with $2 Bud and Bud Lights available until the middle of the 5th inning.
All Trenton Thunder tickets are on sale now at trentonthunder.com.