Letter From (THE REAL) Megan Leavey

FROM THE HEART


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THE MOVIE IS OUT IN THEATHERS

From Megan Leavey (Rex Leavey):
To my Dear Friends, Family, Members of the Military, and Fellow Veterans,
As some of you already know, a movie based on the true story of my life experience as a Marine serving in Iraq with my Military Working Dog, Rex, will soon arrive in theaters across the country.

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This movie has been a long five years in-the-making, but the time has finally come for “Megan Leavey” which is, “… based on the true story of a Marine’s Best Friend” to be released nation-wide. I am writing to you all in hopes that you will take time from your busy schedules to go and see our movie. I hope that you leave the movie entertained, but it is also my hope that this project will raise awareness about Military Working Dogs who have sacrificed their health, and in some cases, their lives, in service to our great nation.

Once a Marine, always a Marine – and as I have moved on from the Marine Corps into the next chapter of my life in the civilian world, I can’t help but reflect upon my time in combat as well as the time spent recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq. I know that many of you have suffered greatly as a result of your injuries too, both physically and mentally. Most importantly, we will never forget those who did not make it home. It would be my greatest honor to share my story in hopes that it will resonate with you in a very special way.

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I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to watch my story come to life as a motion picture, and I will never take it for granted that I lived to tell the tale.
With gratitude,
Megan

THE BEST OF MINT PROS


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Mint Pros is the leading Baseball meet and greet company in the business. Joe Quagliano as President and C.E.O. is not only looking out for you and me but he is always involved in as many charities as possible.

 Since our inception, MINT Pros has been active in many different charities and foundations. Their commitment to giving back to our customers, clients, and friends is as important to us as MINT Pros itself.

They have actively participated in and worked together with the Mariano Rivera FoundationThe Italian American Baseball FoundationAmerican Cancer Foundation, The ALS Association, The Humane Society of the United StatesThe Frank Catalanotto FoundationJoe DiMaggio Hometown Hero Project, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, and our partner charity The WTC United (9/11 Education Trust).

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With Mint Pros you can “Expect More From Your Sports”as they are always working Hard to provide the best service in the business. They maintain family values with family oriented events and hold heritage close to their hearts. Making sure no one is ever left behind.

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Joe Quagliano makes sure to work all year around to represent the best clients in baseball history. He is without a doubt the hardest working man in the business.

Holding to his Italian roots he started with the collaboration of some friends. The Italian American Baseball Family is a new 501c3 charity that evolved from the ideas of former MLB player Frank Catalanotto, Mint Pros President Joe Quagliano and FIBS, executive Marco Landi.

The IABF was launched on December 8, 2016 with a fundraising dinner at Carmine’s in Brooklyn. The event benefited (FIBS) Federation of Italian Baseball & Softball, Italian Youth Baseball and honored Team Italia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The guest of honor was 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and former Italian National Team coach Mike Piazza.

This was the first of many IABF events that will bring the rich legacy of Italian American Baseball together to support The Italian Baseball Academy in Pisa Italy, youth clinics in the US & Italy, sponsorship opportunity.

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It was a great honor to be part of the 2017 BTIG Charity Day in New York City. Mint Pros – Baseball VIP Events was well represented by two New York Baseball legend’s Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.Together they helped raise over $4 million for 300 global charities!  Thanks to Mint Pros own Chris Herder for his great photography and everyone at BTIG.

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Mintpros Staff

Joe Quagliano, CEO

Len Kosberg, Vice President

Jack Hoffman, Event Partner

Joe Mongiardo, Ticket sales

Joe Garrido – Communications & media relations

Danielle McCarten, Director creative services

Sean Juan, Marketing, Social Media and website operations

Jin Wu, Event Cinematographer

Chris Herder, Event Photographer

John Mooney, Public Relations

Michael DeSapio, Esq

MINT PROS BEST


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MINTPROS.COM

Mint Pros is the leading Baseball meet and greet company in the business. Joe Quagliano as President and C.E.O. is not only looking out for you and me but he is always involved in as many charities as possible.

 Since our inception, MINT Pros has been active in many different charities and foundations. Our commitment to giving back to our customers, clients, and friends is as important to us as MINT Pros itself.

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They have actively participated in and worked together with the Mariano Rivera FoundationThe Italian American Baseball FoundationAmerican Cancer Foundation, The ALS Association, The Humane Society of the United StatesThe Frank Catalanotto FoundationJoe DiMaggio Hometown Hero Project, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, and our partner charity The WTC United (9/11 Education Trust).

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 With Mint Pros you can “Expect More From Your Sports”as they are always working Hard to provide the best service in the business. They maintain family values with family oriented events and hold heritage close to their hearts. Making sure no one is ever left behind.

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Joe Quagliano makes sure to work all year around to represent the best clients in sports history. He is without a doubt the hardest working man in the business.

Holding to his Italian roots he started with the collaboration of some friends. The Italian American Baseball Family is a new initiative that evolved from the ideas of former MLB player Frank Catalanotto, Mint Pros President Joe Quagliano and FIBS, executive Marco Landi.

The IABF was launched on December 8, 2016 with a fundraising dinner at Carmine’s in Brooklyn. The event benefited (FIBS) Federation of Italian Baseball & Softball, Italian Youth Baseball and honored Team Italia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The guest of honor was 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and former Italian National Team coach Mike Piazza.

This was the first of many IABF events that will bring the rich legacy of Italian American Baseball together to support The Italian Baseball Academy in Pisa Italy, youth clinics in the US & Italy, sponsorship opportunity.

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Great honor to be part of the 2017 BTIG Charity Day in New York City. Mint Pros – Baseball VIP Events was well represented by two New York Baseball legend’s Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.Together we helped raise over $4 million for 300 global charities! Proud to be a part of it.Thanks to Mint Pros own Chris Herder for his great photography, John Luppo and everyone at BTIG.

 Mintpros Staff

Joe Quagliano, CEO

Len Kosberg, Vice President

Jack Hoffman, Event Partner

Joe Mongiardo, Ticket sales

Joe Garrido – Communications & media relations

Danielle McCarten, Director creative services

Sean Juan, Marketing, Social Media and website operations

Jin Wu, Event Cinematographer

Chris Herder, Event Photographer

John Mooney, Public Relations

Michael DeSapio, Esq

 

DEREK JETER (RE2PECT) — MINT PROS/ SOCIAL LIVING


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THANK YOU CAPTAIN MINT PROS.COM We know Derek Jeter by heart, so why all this memorizing? The between-pitches bat tucked up in his armpit. The fingertip helmet-twiddle. The left front foot wide open, out of the box until the last moment, and the cop-at-a-crossing right hand ritually lifted astern until the foot swings shut. That […]

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We know Derek Jeter by heart, so why all this memorizing? The between-pitches bat tucked up in his armpit. The fingertip helmet-twiddle. The left front foot wide open, out of the box until the last moment, and the cop-at-a-crossing right hand ritually lifted astern until the foot swings shut. That look of expectation, a little night-light gleam, under the helmet. The pitch—this one a slow breaking ball, a fraction low and outside—taken but inspected with a bending bow in its passage. More. Jeter’s celebrity extends beyond his swing, of course, but can perhaps be summarized by an excited e-mail once received by a Brearley School teacher from one of her seventh graders: “Guess what! I just Googled ‘Derek’s butt!’ ”

HBO SPORTS DEREK JETER

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RESPECT #2 TIP OF THE HAT

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Sparky Lyle in Monument Park? Fans Say Yes, but He Disagrees By FILIP BONDY


FOR OUR MINT PROS FAMILY

NY TIMES ARTICLE

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A lengthy line slowly moved forward. Sparky Lyle, ever patient, autographed yet another photo.

Lyle was at Fan Fest, a baseball season kickoff for the minor league Somerset Patriots, and the man with the photo told Lyle a familiar story: He had collected more than 400 signatures on a petition urging the Yankees to finally honor their former star reliever and to do it on the 40th anniversary of the 1977 championship and Lyle’s remarkable Cy Young season.

Lyle, 72, was polite and thanked the man, but he later explained that he wanted no part of such a celebration, or a plaque. He doesn’t belong in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium, Lyle insisted, and he doesn’t believe a lot of other recent honorees do, either.

“The way I feel about the Yankees, I don’t think you need to be in Monument Park unless you’ve played your whole freaking career there and done something special like the original guys that are out there,” Lyle said. “You look at some of the newer guys. Come on! They’re putting them out there so they can have a 70,000-seat day and make some money.

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“I’m happy right where I am,” Lyle said, “because that standard applies to me also.”

So says Lyle, who was the glue of that title team four decades ago and who rescued the Yankees during an extraordinary playoff outing against the Kansas City Royals. The whole year, from the start, was a payback mission after a four-game extinction in the 1976 World Series.

“Cincinnati went through us so quickly we didn’t even know what happened,” Lyle said. “But then with the acquisitions over the winter, there was a calm over everybody next spring training. We’re looking around, thinking, ‘Boy, this looks pretty good.’”

Lyle, earning $142,000 that season on a new contract from George Steinbrenner, appeared in an impressive 72 games and went 13-5 with a 2.17 earned run average and 26 saves while winning the Cy Young trophy. The left-handed reliever did this by relying almost exclusively on a single pitch: a well-located, 88-mile-per-hour slider. When Billy Martin ordered catcher Thurman Munson to signal a fastball to Lyle on one memorable occasion, the pitcher stepped off the rubber and told off his manager in colorful fashion.

As it turned out, the Reds never made it to the Series in 1977, and the Yankees had to settle for beating the Dodgers in six games. To get that far, however, they needed to survive the dangerous Royals in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees were down two games to one in the best-of-five series, clinging to a one-run lead with two outs in the fourth inning of Game 4. Martin reluctantly signaled for Lyle, who went on to pitch five and one-third innings of scoreless, two-hit relief — after going two and one-third innings a day earlier

“Billy had called out to the bullpen and wondered how I was throwing,” Lyle said. “One of the coaches told him, ‘He couldn’t get his grandmother out.’ I told Billy I felt fine. He said, ‘They said you couldn’t get your grandmother out.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m not facing her.’”

Lyle never had much love for Martin, and now points to the manager as an example of someone who should not be represented in Monument Park. The pitcher felt Martin lied to his players too often. When Lyle became a manager himself, winning five championships from 2001 to 2009 with the Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, he vowed to be more direct.

He also had some problems with Steinbrenner, though a détente was eventually reached. It hurt when Steinbrenner signed the free agent Goose Gossage soon after the 1977 season, relegating Lyle to the role of setup man.

“I was driving cross-country and heard the news on the radio,” Lyle said. “There was some giant storm chasing me, so it wasn’t like I could pull off. When you have two relievers who are used to being in 70-plus games every year, one of them’s not going to get innings.”

Lyle endured his second-banana season in 1978, which ended in another World Series championship, then was traded away in a big deal with the Texas Rangers that brought Dave Righetti to New York. “Cy Young to Sayonara” was the way teammate Graig Nettles described Lyle’s departure. Then Lyle’s book, “The Bronx Zoo,” written with Peter Golenbock, came out the next spring, and Steinbrenner freaked out in full, Boss-like style.

Lyle told Steinbrenner to read the book, that it really included no clubhouse tales told out of school. Eventually the two men hugged it out. Lyle attended 15 straight Old-Timers’ Day games, then only one in the last 17 years — mainly because he was busy with the Patriots as manager and now as manager emeritus. Lyle commutes from his home in Voorhees, N.J., to act as a greeter and a host at the team’s home games in Bridgewater.

The Yankees have invited him to Old-Timers’ Day on June 25, though a club official said there was no specific ceremony yet scheduled to honor Lyle or the 40th anniversary of the team that broke a 15-year title drought and brought Steinbrenner his first championship.

Lyle said he would probably participate in this year’s gathering, that it would be fun to see some of the players again from that team. He keeps in touch with Nettles, Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry. The others, not so much.

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If the Yankees did something special for Lyle, it might appease the fans who have long lobbied on his behalf, even asking that his No. 28 jersey be retired. Lenny Kosberg, a tax specialist and Somerset Patriots fan from Edison, N.J., has begun the Twitter campaign #HonorSparkyLyle.

“People say if you retire No. 28, then what about Nettles, Piniella,” Kosberg said. “It’s not about that. It’s about that his great season is now 40 years old.”

Lyle’s credentials certainly would seem to line up favorably with several others who have been awarded plaques in Monument Park. He is good friends with Gossage, and will say nothing negative about him. But Gossage, a Hall of Fame member, was given a special day after playing seven years with the Yankees and posting numbers similar to Lyle’s.

Gossage had 42 career victories with the Yankees, 151 saves, a 2.14 ERA and one title. Lyle earned 57 wins and 141 saves for the Yankees, with a 2.41 earned run average, in a seven-season span that included two championships.

Tino Martinez, another plaque recipient, batted a relatively modest .276 during seven years in the Bronx. There are others, too, if Lyle wanted to go there. He doesn’t.

“I get letters, ‘If so and so has a plaque, you sure as hell should have one,’” Lyle said. “But that’s not what it’s all about. Now if you say, ‘Joe DiMaggio has a plaque out there, you should have one, too,’ how does that sound? Then it doesn’t sound so good.’’

MEET AND GREET 1977 NY YANKEES


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JULY 29TH 2017

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Honoring the 1977 World Championship Team

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* 1 Autograph limit for Ron Guidry, Bucky Dent, Graig Nettles.

Guests of honor

Ron Guidry and Sparky Lyle

 

ALONG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

BUCKY DENT – GRAIG NETTLES – MIKE TORREZ

MICKEY RIVERS – ROY WHITE 

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A SPECIAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE 1977 NEW YORK YANKEES. COME AND JOIN US. SPEND THE DAY WITH NY YANKEES LEGENDS. BE A PART OF THE FUN AND BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY.

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THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL MEET AND GREET EVENT. THERE ARE NO ROPES BETWEEN YOU AND ANY OF THE LEGENDS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PICTURES,  SHOOT THE BREEZE WITH THEM AND HEAR THEM TELL THEIR STORIES.

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WITHOUT A DOUBT NO ONE DOES IT LIKE MINT PROS AND J IRWIN PRODUCTIONS. AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR ALL TO ENJOY. FUN, FOOD, AND DRINKS LIKE NO OTHER.  MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.  COME AND JOIN THE FAMILY.

THIS IS A GREAT EVENT.

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IN HONOR OF THE 1977 NY YANKEES


 

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JULY 29TH 2017

MINT PROS AND J IRWIN PRODUCTION

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PLEASE TAKE NOTE

* 1 Autograph limit for  Some Of The Legends

A SPECIAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE 1977 NEW YORK YANKEES. COME AND JOIN US. SPEND THE DAY WITH NY YANKEES LEGENDS. BE A PART OF THE FUN AND BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY.

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PLEASE TAKE NOTE

* 1 Autograph limit for Some Of The Legends

 THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL MEET AND GREET EVENT. THERE ARE NO ROPES BETWEEN YOU AND ANY OF THE LEGENDS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PICTURES, SHOOT THE BREEZE WITH THEM AND HEAR THEM TELL THEIR STORIES.

 

WITHOUT A DOUBT NO ONE DOES IT LIKE MINT PROS AND J IRWIN PRODUCTIONS. AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR ALL TO ENJOY. FUN, FOOD, AND DRINKS LIKE NO OTHER.  MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.  COME AND JOIN THE FAMILY.

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THIS IS A GREAT EVENT.

FOR INFORMATION CLICK ON LINKS

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J IRWIN PRODUCTIONS/FACEBOOK LINK

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Mintpros Staff

Joe Quagliano, CEO
Jack Hoffman, Event Partner
Joe Mongiardo, Ticket sales
Joe Garrido – Communications & media relations
Danielle McCarten, Director creative services
Len Kosberg , VP Event Operations, Public relations
Sean Juan, Marketing, Social Media and website operations
Jin Wu, Event Cinematographer
Chris Herder, Event Photographer
John Mooney, Public Relations
Michael DeSapio, Esq