Yankees to pay tribute to military Saturday

Yankees to pay tribute to military Saturday

Yankees to pay tribute to military Saturday
‪The Yankees will honor the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces prior to the team's ballgame Saturday night against the Mets.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. ET, and the pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The first pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m.

As part of the 12th annual Yankee Stadium Military Appreciation Ceremony, the Black Team of the U.S. Army Golden Knights will parachute into Yankee Stadium. Following the jump, the Yankees will honor three graduates and the mother of two current students who benefitted from the Special Operations Warrior Foundation's contribution to their college education.

Cristina Davis, Michelle Blessinger, Nicole Goldsmith and Dawn Jonas are the four individuals who will be recognized.

Yankees players will also wear special caps Saturday to commemorate Military Appreciation Day, with the "NY" logo filled in with a digital camouflage applique, part of Major League Baseball's redesign of the traditional red, white and blue color scheme used in prior patriotic caps.

Members of the military will also be along to sing the national anthem and throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher will be wearing a pair of limited-edition, military-inspired custom cleats by New Balance that will be auctioned off to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The game-worn Yankees caps will also be in the auction.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.