TREES TAKE CENTER FIELD
Sunday, September 8, was a perfect day for baseball. As a breeze wafted the smell of peanuts and hot dogs onto the field and the grounds crew prepared for the game against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees took the field ... to plant a tree.
Relief pitcher Steve Karsay, first baseman Ron Coomer, and left fielder Rondell White represented the team in accepting a memorial plaque and a coral burst crabapple to be planted in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. White later obliged fans with the game-winning homer.
The crabapple was the first of AMERICAN FORESTS' Memorial Trees to be planted in New York; one tree will be planted for each of the victims and heroes who died at the World Trade Center. Memorial plantings will also take place in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
"It was amazing to be standing in front of thousands of screaming fans to present the tree to the city of New York," says AMERICAN FORESTS' senior vice president Richard Crouse, a lifelong Orioles fan who admitted to backing the Yankees for that one day. "Many people came up after the ceremony to thank us for planting trees for their friends and family. It was a touching experience."
Accompanying Crouse on the field for the pregame ceremony were Elise Gourley and Mariann Dicarlantonio, district directors for retailer Eddie Bauer, which is sponsoring AMERICAN FORESTS' Memorial Tree Groves campaign; deputy city parks commissioner Liam Kavanagh; and baseball fans Chris Fedor, 5; Ethan Fedor and Charlie Nelson, both 7; Guy Steward, 9; and Corey Fedor and Matt Wheelright, both 13. …