Gio Urshela is a hero in more ways than one.
On his off day he heard about ALS patient, Dan Colon, and the battle that he's been waging against that horrible disease. Gio was told that "Batboy," a play, was being performed in Dan’s honor to raise money to help him — and his family.
Gio was even asked to perform on stage along with Bernie Williams. Through his laughter Gio handled his lines like a pro. To see Gio and Dan Colon was very heart warming.
(Gio Urshela, Bernie Williams, and Ray Negron)
For one day, Gio Urshela made Dan forget about his suffering.
To see Gio hug someone he didn’t even know showed me the incredible heart of this young man. I have gotten to know Gio this season and knew that he was the right guy to take on this very difficult assignment.
Yet, he very unselfishly he did a wonderful job.
When Gio got to Baltimore he thought about Dan and his horrible turmoil.
He thought about the fact that he has his family ( the Yankees) to rely on and he was hoping that Dan would have the same support. Well Gio, he does have a great, supportive family.
After meeting and spending a great evening with Gio he has someone he can root for.
Last night Gio hit two home runs. In his heart Danny feels like Gio did it for him. For today, Gio may have given Dan extra life and everyone that loves Dan also loves Gio for it.
Special thanks have to go to Bucky Dent, Bernie Williams, David Cone and Mickey Rivers for the love that they showed Dan Colon on this beautiful night.
Special thanks to Alfred Zaccagnino who purchased blocks of tickets to the show for those who couldn’t afford to buy them.
Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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