NEW YORK — The daughter of former Yankees manager Joe Torre is getting props from her dad for catching a baby boy who had tumbled off a second-floor fire escape in Brooklyn.
Torre said in a statement Wednesday that he was “very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child.”
Torre was a catcher during much of his 18-year playing career in the majors.
“I didn’t really know what was going to happen,” Cristina Torre told the Daily News of New York. “You just move into action. you don’t really think about it.”
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She was having coffee at a cupcake shop when bystanders saw the 1-year-old dangling from an awning of a frozen yogurt store next door.
“I’m talking to him saying, ‘Don’t come down, stay there,’ ” she said. “He helped himself with his arms. He was dangling. I knew he would be flipping very soon.”
She said the child “literally landed in my arms.” She credited her father for her “good hand-eye coordination.”
According to police, the child somehow climbed onto the fire escape. He was in stable condition. The parents were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
No Phillies fire sale
PHILADELPHIA — Speculation persists that Phillies starter Cliff Lee and closer Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline.
“Absolutely not,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday. “Who am I going to replace these guys with, to win a championship?”
Lee is 9-2 with a 2.53 earned-run average. The 34-year-old left-hander is signed for two more years at $25 million per, plus a vesting option for 2016. He’s already been traded three times, once to the Mariners.
Papelbon blew two save chances during a three-game series against Washington this week. He’s signed for two more years at $13 million per, plus a vesting option for 2016.
The Phillies are 36-38 and seven games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.
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