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True Blue: NYPD Honored With Celebrity Softball Game at Yankee Stadium

The event was hosted by WFAN morning sports talk radio hosts Boomer and Carton.

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Of course there was somewhere else I could have been tonight, but I brake for ‘Blue’ so when I heard that I had been approved to have credentials to cover the Celebrity Softball Game for Boomer & Carton’s True Blue Charity event, I did not hesitate to make my way to Yankee Stadium.  What a wonderful opportunity for me to be there on behalf of DoubleGSports, to pay tribute to the NYPD, and honor those officers who have given their lives for others.  They are true heroes.

The event was hosted by WFAN morning sports talk radio hosts Boomer and Carton.  Former Yankee players, including Bernie Williams were on hand, as well as former Yankee manager, Joe Torre.  In addition, Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, New York Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin, Buffalo Bills head coach, Rex Ryan, current New York Jets head coach, Todd Bowles, Rutgers football coach, Kyle Flood, NFL analyst Bill Cowher, and former Mets players, Dwight Gooden and John Franco, were in attendance.   Many of these celebrities spoke about their respect for those who serve in law enforcement, and about their own family members who have been police officers.  Truly there was a great deal of respect for the NYPD.  [ I still remember Rex Ryan wearing an NYPD hat last year, during his last game coaching the NY Jets.  In my opinion, it was a very classy thing to do. ]

Boomer Esiason, and Craig Carton thanked everyone for coming out to support the NYPD, and were sure to share that although they were responsible for pulling this event together, the night was not about them.  It was, as they said, a night that was about the importance of the NYPD.  Carton spoke about the ‘anti-cop’ rhetoric that is taking place, and how they felt that with a microphone at their disposal, they needed to do something.  The event was to honor fallen officers Brian Moore, Wenjian Liu, and Rafeal Ramos who were recently lost their lives in the line of duty.

As I said, sure I could have been somewhere else tonight.  Yet, I would not miss the opportunity to honor the NYPD, for all they give in the name of others.  It was an honor to cover this event for DoubleGSports.  I would not have missed it for the world.  Thanks to all those in law enforcement who do so much for so many, and tend to get very little thanks for it.

To the NYPD, no you’re not making the millions that some of those star athletes make, but you probably deserve to.  For all the long hours, the holidays you work, the thankless approach the media can sometimes seem to take when a tragedy happens, just know that some people truly do appreciate all you do.

Please note that this article was originally published showing Rudy Giuliani as former governor of New York, when he was actually the former mayor.  

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Michelle has been a sports writer and analyst for many years. Now, as host of Neutral Court, sponsored by In The Zone, Michelle brings a new sports topic to the debate floor with each episode.
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