CC Sabathia helps dedicate Bronx field to Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman Feliz

A former New York Yankee ace CC Sabathia helped dedicate a field Saturday to the memory of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman Feliz – a teen who was brutally killed outside a bodega three years ago.

News 12 Staff

Jun 19, 2021, 6:02 PM

Updated 1,036 days ago

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A former New York Yankee ace CC Sabathia helped dedicate a field Saturday to the memory of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman Feliz – a teen who was brutally killed outside a bodega three years ago.
Sabathia and his wife Amber stood alongside Junior’s mother, Leandra Feliz, as they opened the newly renovated Quarry Ballfield in Tremont.
Junior was 15 when he was killed on June 20, 2018. Video of the incident sent shockwaves across the city and the nation.
This is the second field in the Bronx that the Sabathias have renovated through their foundation named Pitch-In.
“It’s important for my wife and I to donate this park to him,” Sabathia says. “He played little league here, this was his community, so it felt right.”
Leandra Feliz says the field can give kids who live in the city an escape from a dangerous life.
"The option is there, they decide what they want to be, but this is better than being a gang member or something else,” she says.
The field is right across the street from a housing development, giving kids easy access to play ball. Sabathia says it was on a field just like this one that his dream began.
"It changed my life, so hopefully one day I can meet a kid I can do the same thing for," he says.
The Sabathias started the Pitch-in Foundation in 2008 to help inner-city children hone their baseball skills.


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