Yanks Give Blind Fan Vision Of Hope
BRONX, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — A diehard Yankee fan got the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday, as the mother of three was accompanied to Yankee Stadium by some very special escorts for the game of a lifetime.
Jane Lang, a mother from Morris Plains, is blind – but her love for the Yankees is 20/20 clear.
She came face to face with some of her biggest heroes, including Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Joba Chamberlain and former great Tino Martinez.
Though she can’t actually see her favorite players with her eyes, but she can feel them in her heart.
“It’s a miracle,” she said of her chance of a lifetime. “I never expected it.”
Over the years she’s gone to hundreds of Yankee games, making the long trek to the stadium via trains and subways, with only her seeing eye dog, Clipper, and her dogged determination to guide her.
But on Tuesday, she and her family were escorted to the game by the Bronx Bombers themselves – on the same route she always takes. It’s part of a Yankee program called Hope Week.
“To be able to see Jane and the smile on her face and the excitement she has brought to this town is pretty incredible,” said pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
The first leg of her trip was a ride on NJ Transit into Penn Station, where Lang noted it was a little different commuting with the boys.
“Oh yeah,” she said. “I usually sit by myself.”
Next was grabbing a D train to the Bronx from Herald Square. Then, crossing the street and on to Yankee Stadium for the game.
And finally, an emotional goodbye to the boys who are her heroes.
“You know what, I’m the luckiest person in the world,” said Lang. “And don’t you ever forget it.”
It was truly a sign to behold.