Bronx Heroes To Throw Out First Pitch At ALDS Game 1

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 04, 2019 - 2:12 pm
Ruben Diaz Jr. honors Antonyo Love and Jairo Torres

Marla Diamond

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Yankees will honor two men who rescued a 5-year-old girl after her father jumped in front of a subway train last month as October baseball returns to the Bronx.

Jairo Torres and Antonyo Love will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of game one of the ALDS.

On Sept. 23, dozens of commuters watched in horror as a 45-year-old man pulled his little girl's hand and leaped into the path of a Manhattan-bound 4 train at the Kingsbridge Road station in the Bronx.

Torres said he was horrified at the scene, but didn't think twice. He jumped down onto the tracks. Love ran up the stairs when he heard the commotion from the street, and joined Torres. When they saw the terrified girl moving under the train, they quickly pulled her out and up onto the platform. 

"It happened in front of me and I never thought about my life, I just thought about the baby," Torres said.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. nicknamed the men "Batman and Robin," and gave Love and Torres Citations of Merit for their bravery.

Meanwhile, the Yankees, who have dominated the Minnesota Twins in their previous post-season matchups, are hoping history repeats itself.

"The Yankees have a very tough opponent in the playoffs in the Twins," John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, told WCBS 880's Brad Heller.

Both teams hit more than 300 home runs this season, so fans could see a lot of fireworks in the Bronx.