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Yankees HOPE Week: Team Honors Group That Brings Music To Hospitals

Bernie Williams Plays Guitar For Sick Kids
Former Yankee Bernie Williams plays guitar at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital on June 19, 2014. (Credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Former Yankee Bernie Williams plays guitar at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on June 19, 2014. (Credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The healing power of music was on display Thursday at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

As part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week — which recognizes people and groups that make a difference in their communities — the team honored Musicians On Call, a volunteer organization that brings music to hospitals nationwide, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

In doing so, Yankees great Bernie Williams, also an accomplished guitarist, returned to play for pediatric patients in Washington Heights.

Yankees Honor Group That Brings Music To Hospitals

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Marla Diamond reports

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Williams, who played for 16 years in pinstripes and was a member of four world championship teams before retiring in 2006. “To be able to give to the community and to bring a smile to a kid like that, it’s just a great thing.

Among those who were excited to hear the music and meet the players was 20-year-old Anthony Petrie, of Staten Island, who has undergone two heart transplants.

“It’s really great,” Petrie said. “It gives you hope. It makes things seem not so scary and makes you not worry about the little things.”

Added 12-year-old Frankie: “It’s very cool that they can come here and meet all of the patients, and it makes all of the patients very happy.”

Several other Yankees, including Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner, were on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.

“We enjoy being an active part of the community and can use the Yankees platform to kind of shed light on some cool stories,” Gardner told Diamond.

The “HOPE” in HOPE Week stands for “Helping Others Persevere and Excel.”

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