As the baseball season continues to move along, Alan and his team have been making good progress. Here’s the latest update:
Following a rain-out on 5/22/18, Alan went 1-for-3 in a win over the Marlins – the team’s first victory of the season! – on 5/29/18. Starting with this game, the team starting playing the same positions regularly. Alan is the team’s consistent right fielder.
On 5/30/18, Alan again went 1-for-3 in a loss to the Red Sox. Alan has been learning that when he hits the ball towards the left side of the infield he can usually beat out a hit, but it’s a lot harder to reach first base safely on a grounder to the right side of the infield. But he’s been doing a great job putting the ball in play all season.
On 6/4/18, Alan went 1-for-3 with a run scored in a thrilling 1-run win over the Giants! The highlight of the game was when Alan and Xavier manufactured a run by themselves in the middle innings. With two outs and nobody on base, Alan singled and advanced to second base on an errant throw that only barely got away from the first baseman. Then Xavier singled home Alan, who hustled home to score on a ball that never left the infield!
On 6/11/18, Alan went 2-for-4 with a run and a 9-4-3 outfield assist(!) in the 1st inning of a narrow loss to the league-leading Dodgers (He helped catch a runner caught between first and second). The highlight of Alan’s game, though, was Grandma Debbie, Papa, Tyler and Carleigh coming to watch him play. Alan was very proud to play in front of his family!
On 6/12/18, Alan went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a loss to the Dodgers. One of the Yankee coaches commented to Alan that he must have been practicing because he’s been making good contact at the plate. It’s true in fact — all week Alan has been practicing in the backyard with his “Nagoon.” One hitting session in the morning and one in the afternoon. Despite the loss, the Yankees played well against the league-leading Dodgers for two straight nights and were upbeat after the game.
On 6/13/18, Alan went 2-for-2 with an RBI in a loss to the Marlins. The team looked worn out from its 3rd game in 3 days, but Alan did his part to bring the energy at the plate and behind it. He made his debut at catcher and caught all 4 innings of the shortened game (run spread rule). He enjoyed catching so much that he wants to catch the next game too!