Greg Bird Returns to Yankees for 2017 Season

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Greg Bird

A former senior manager at Ernst and Young, Michael Vasaturo has since worked more than 25 years at New Haven Terminal in Connecticut, where he is now vice president. In his free time, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo enjoys watching his favorite Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankees.

The Yankees opened the 2017 season with the youngest opening day roster in 15 years. First baseman Greg Bird is one of the many first- or second-year players for whom the team has high hopes. The 24-year-old fifth-round pick missed the entire 2016 season recovering from shoulder surgery. As a rookie in 2015, Bird hit 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in 46 games, hitting a .261 average and .343 on-base percentage.

A former MVP of the Arizona Fall League, Bird was expected to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman in 2016 prior to his injury. New York signed veteran Chris Carter as insurance in case Bird couldn’t return in spring training, but that wasn’t the case. Bird hit eight home runs in the spring, which tied him with Washington’s Bryce Harper for first in the league.


Injury Prevention Tips for Runners

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Injury Prevention

A transportation executive by profession, Michael Vasaturo serves as the vice president of Connecticut’s New Haven Terminal. In his personal time, Michael Vasaturo is an avid runner.

To avoid injury, the runner must first ensure that he or she is well prepared for the workout. Experts recommend a warmup of 3 to 5 minutes of relaxed walking and 5 minutes of alternating running and walking. Deep stretching should not be a part of this warmup, as the muscles are not yet ready for such demands.

This gradual approach should extend to the runner’s overall training plan as well. Many runners push themselves into a rigorous routine and over-stress various muscles and joints, which can then suffer serious damage. Many runners benefit from limiting mileage increases to 10 percent per week, which can provide a challenge without risking overwork, and from limiting speed increases to 30 seconds per mile above race pace.

Even when following a moderate plan, however, runners must be on guard against potential problems. Most running injuries come on gradually and make themselves known through pain and soreness. A runner that notices such signals can benefit from taking three days off, then restarting with a slower-paced workout to ensure that the pain is indeed gone. If not, another break may be in order.

If pain persists or comes back, the runner may wish to examine his or her technique. Many runners cause themselves pain by using a stride that is too long, which can create excess impact on the feet. A stride that is just 10 percent shorter can reduce impact and mitigate the risk of injury. The runner should also assess whether he or she is leaning too far forward and adapt by returning to an upright posture, which supports a natural gait.

Yankee Stadium’s Design Honors Tradition


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Yankee Stadium

The chief financial officer at New Haven Terminal in Connecticut, Michael (Mike) Vasaturo, is responsible for the oversight of all of the organization’s financial operations. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Michael Vasaturo is an avid New York Yankees fan.

Built in 1923, the original Yankee Stadium was the home of stunning victories, legendary players, and countless memories. After over 80 years of use, numerous updates, renovations and rebuilding projects were necessary to keep the stadium up to date and accessible. In 2005, the team finally announced plans to build a new Yankee Stadium directly next door to the original stadium.

Opened in 2009, the new Yankee Stadium is a blend of traditional, beloved elements from the old stadium and new features that will continue to draw the next generation of fans to the ball field. Throwback features include bleacher seating in the outfield, a new limestone and granite facade that is constructed to look like the original stadium’s facade, and a copper frieze that graces the upper deck. New features include luxury and party suites, a martini bar, picnic areas, and a steakhouse.

For nostalgic fans who wish to hold on to a piece of the old Yankee Stadium, seats, bleachers, and even pieces of freeze-dried sod are available for purchase. Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Tips for Good Running Form

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Running Form

As vice president of New Haven Terminal, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo oversees all financial and operational activities for the organization. Michael Vasaturo also maintains an active personal life that includes such athletic hobbies as swimming and running.

A successful run depends on good form. Proper form keeps the runner from over-stressing the body while making the stride as efficient as possible. Strong running form begins with an erect posture that incorporates a straight back, level shoulders, and a vertical pelvis. Many runners have to consciously prevent themselves from leaning either backward or forward at the waist due to fatigue, which can also cause a slouching that puts pressure on the lower back, neck, and shoulders.

Runners should keep the shoulders relaxed and allow the arms to swing gently back and forth. Movement of the arms should come from the shoulders, not the elbows, which should remain bent at no more than a 90 degree angle. Hands should not cross the midline and should remain loosely held below the chest.

The stride should be short and quick. Many runners attempt to artificially lengthen their strides to cover more distance, but this is an inefficient use of energy and is more likely to lead to injury. By striving to land on the middle of the foot and then roll through the toes, the runner can perform at a higher level and more safely.