While walking down Third Avenue in Brooklyn, Torre spotted a baby boy, said to be one year old, hanging off the edge of a storefront awning that was in serious danger of falling at least ten feet to the sidewalk below.
Torre, 44, quickly positioned herself underneath the awning and according to eyewitnesses was able to outstretch her arms at the moment the baby finally lost his grip and caught him in her arms, saving his life.
“The woman caught the baby,” said Kristen Bramsen, 48. “The baby was shaken. Everyone was going up to the woman and hugging her. I hugged her.”
But the daughter of the former Yankees manager didn’t gloat about the save.
“She just smiled and said she was in shock,” Bramsen recalled.
As fine a career as Joe Torre had on the field, he never made a better or more important catch than that.
Now the question becomes, how exactly did the one-year-old end up in such an incredibly dangerous position. According to police investigating the scene, it's believed the child slipped or crawled through a cardboard opening next to an air conditioning unit in a second story apartment. That left him stranded on the building's fire escape, where he eventually fell a good distance down on to the awning below where he managed to hold on just long enough to be saved by Cristina Torre.
The report also notes that police haven't determined where the child's parents were when the incident took place, but both Sam Miller, 23, and Tiffany Demetria, 24, were cuffed at the scene and could face endangering the welfare of a child and neglect charges.
That will all be sorted out in due time, so the finger-pointing and passing of judgment can wait. The most important news here is that the child escaped the incident unharmed thanks to a little bit of luck, and the very quick-thinking and incredibly strong effort of Cristina Torre.
She not only made her father and her family proud, she made all of us proud today.
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