“She Should Get the Golden Glove for Catching a One-Year-Old”

On 19 June 2013, Cristina Torre, the 44-year-old daughter of Joe Torre, former major-league baseball player and New York Yankees manager, caught a one-year-old boy who fell from the storefront awning of a frozen-yogurt shop on Third Avenue at 92nd Street in Brooklyn. She saw the boy in danger and called 911, but the boy fell and she caught him. Ms. Torre said, “People have been really kind and expressing gratitude and everything. I personally have been in shock. Today I feel a little better, but I’ve been in shock during this whole thing. I’m just happy the baby is alive and well and his parents are getting the help they need to ensure his safety.” She added, “I’m a Montessori educator so my priority is the safety and well-being of the child, and I’m hoping that’s what comes out of this — that people who need help and guidance and caring for their young get that.” Ms. Torre, despite her famous father, is not a sports nut. She said, “I hate to say it, but I’m totally not the biggest sports fan. I’m kind of the black sheep of the family. But definitely, I have my dad’s focused attention when need be. And of course, to act. And yeah, I do think I have quick hands, I have to admit that. I’ve always had this quick reaction to behavior.” Joe Torre said about his heroic daughter, “She always had good hands. I don’t know if they’re mine or not. I’m so proud of her.” The boy Ms. Torre saved had crawled onto a fire escape after pushing a cardboard barrier away from a window. Ms. Torres said, “I just was positioning myself where I thought he might fall. I feel fortunate that he landed right in my arms. It was effortless to catch him. Once it was happening, he was landing.” The boy’s aunt, Sandra Miller, said, “I’d like to thank her. She should get the golden glove for catching a one-year-old.” Ms. Torre said, “I will go by this afternoon to see how the baby is, if I can. I would like to know where he is, and at some point I’d like to be able to see him and know that he is OK. That’s my concern in all of this.”

Source: Reuven Fenton, Candice Amos, and Kevin Kernan, “Torre gal still ‘in shock’ following heroic catch of tot after boy falls through apartment window.” New York Post.  Additional reporting by David K. Li. 20 June 2013


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