Before becoming one of the most notable managers in MLB history, former New York Yankees skipper Joe Torre was one hell of a ballplayer. During his 17 years in the big leagues, he made the MLB All-Star team on nine different occasions. So he knows a thing or two (or 17!) about playing ball. And apparently, he passed his skills on to his daughter Cristina Torre, a 44-year-old woman who currently lives in New York City.
The younger Torre put those skills on display yesterday when she helped save a baby who had escaped from his family's apartment in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn out a window and climbed onto a nearby awning. Torre—who saw the baby on the awning and sprung into action—tried to get the baby to stay put by talking to it. But when the baby accidentally fell from the awning, she was waiting directly below and caught it before it could hit the ground. The baby, a one-year-old named Dillin (see the thumbs gallery for a photo), hit his mouth when he fell but he was not seriously injured. And afterwards, Torre was called a hero, though she was quick to say that she just did what anyone in her situation would have done.
"He looked like he was balancing on one of the railings," she told the New York Daily News. "I didn't really know what was going to happen…You just move into action—you don't really think about it."
Good thing she did. The baby was saved as a result of her quick thinking, and the baby's parents were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Dillin as well as his three sisters, who are 2, 3, and 5, were all taken into the custody of NYC's Administration for Children's Services. The organization is investigating the family further right now.
Way to go, Cristina. Great grab.
[via NY Daily News]