Say what you want about the New York Yankees but when it comes to scoring major PR points and giving something back, they’re definitely ones to consider standing at the top. According to a tweet from the Yankees’ PR department, 10-year-old Landis Sims was signed to a one-day contract.
Why is this significant? Well, young Landis was born without hands or lower legs.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 7, 2016
This is just a touching move on the Yankees’ part. Landis has been in the Spring Training locker room before, two years ago when he got to meet his idol Derek Jeter, but signing him to a one-day contract is the Yankees’ taking their already positive relationship with the Sims family a step further.
As a result of the deal, Landis was able to take batting practice with the players at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Ready for the real inspiring part of the story? In spite of not having hands or lower legs, Landis has been playing baseball since he was four years old, using Derek Jeter-themed prosthetics to help him run the basis.
“He was afraid he couldn’t throw, because he throws two-handed,” Landis’ mom, Amanda, told Ryan Hatch of NJ.com. “So we tried a couple things — he played soccer a little bit, and hated it — so I’m like, we have these old soccer shin guards, and that will give you support. We went through a few of these and this is the system we’ve come up with … this way he can fling (the ball).”
Landis also earned a big fan in Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, who posted the following to Twitter.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 7, 2016
That said, ladies and gentlemen, before you go about bashing the Yankees as being the “Evil Empire,” keep in mind that they’re also capable of doing a great deal of good and if you don’t believe it, just ask Landis Sims!
*Featured Photo (above) credit to New York Yankees PR