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Citi Field gave a true family setting as I visited pal Nelson Cruz

This week I visited Nelson Cruz who happens to be my long-time friend and soldier in my world of philanthropy at Citi Field.

Nelson is truly one of professional sports most giving individuals ever.

When you go into the dictionary and look up the word helping you see Nelson Cruz’s picture. It’s no surprise why so many field passes are issued when Nelson goes from town to town.

People just want to pay homage to this great person. I have always said that in my years of being around professional sports, the three people that stand out for me are Muhammad Ali, Roberto Clemente, and Nelson Cruz when it comes to humanitarian efforts by an athlete.

After l finished my wonderful conversation with Nelson about future possibilities in extending our hand to help those in need I went to my seat.

The one thing that hit me was how extra nice the workers at Citi Field were. How they couldn’t do more for you. I noticed how the kids were having such a great time before the action on the field even began. There were moments when I felt I was at a music concert. As the game began I was mesmerized at the way Stadium Operations kept the fans involved even between innings. A key component to all this is the fact that the employees there use a lot of common sense when dealing with the customers. When I was a kid I remember going to different types of stores and always hearing that the customers are always right. In a way that was the feeling, I had as I sat in my seat and observed all the comings and going’s of Citi Field.

Yes, I am a Yankee through and through however I am also a baseball fan and I must admit that I had a nice night at Citi Field.

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