Volume 22, Number 11 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | July 24 - 30, 2009
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
Yankee stars salute Little League A’s star Thomas
Yankee superstars Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez came to J.J. Walker Field in Greenwich Village on Tuesday as part of the Yankees’ first annual HOPE Week to salute Thomas Ellenson and his Greenwich Village Little League Athletics teammates. Ellenson, who has cerebral palsy, always leads the A’s onto the field in his motorized wheelchair before their games, and uses a special device his dad invented called a Tango, which allows him to speak, to read the lineup, as well as play the “Charge!” tune to fire up the team. The Yankees also led skills clinics for the A’s during their J.J. Walker visit. Above, back row, from left, Chamberlain, Pettitte, Rodriguez and Kevin Long, the Yanks’ hitting coach; front row, from left, dad Richard Ellenson, Thomas and Cameron Breen, Thomas’s cousin.