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The New York Yankees have a right to take a bow for hosting two very exciting events that benefitted non-profits last Wednesday.

The annual PSAL championship baseball game pitting two of the city’s powerhouses, George Washington High School from Washington Heights beat Staten Island’s Tottenville High School in a thrilling 1-0 game. Washington’s Wesley Rodriguez struck out two Tottenville hitters on some nasty pitches with the bases loaded.

A celebrity softball game organized by the WFAN morning drive team of Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason that honored the memories of three NYPD police officers who were killed in the line of duty this year (Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, and Brian Moore) and raised funds for a variety of organizations that benefit the surviving spouses and children of slain officers followed the PSAL game.

Former New York Jets and current Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan used the True Blue softball game as his first public return to the Big Apple since his dismissal back in January.

I asked Ryan why he jumped at the offer to coach the Buffalo Bills since it was safe to say that he would have his pick of coaching jobs as well as high profile NFL broadcasting gigs. “I did have my choice of jobs but I was overwhelmed by the Buffalo offer,” said Ryan.

Rex claimed that he had made a complete emotional break from the Jets but that may be wishful thinking on his part. He is an entertainer who likes performing under the brightest lights. When I asked him about the fact that the western New York State media contingent is a lot smaller than what he had become accustomed to here he winced. “Oh it’s about the same!” Ryan said with pursed lips and his eyes rolling towards the heavens.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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