Virginia Tech Hokies honor the New York Yankees at the Pinstripe Bowl

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NEW YORK (WFXR) — Virginia Tech ended a rollercoaster of a season on Wednesday with a lopsided loss to Maryland, 54-10, in the Hokies’ first Pinstripe Bowl appearance. However, this game will also be remembered for how the Hokies renewed their special connection with the New York Yankees.

While it was not the ending that Virginia Tech wanted for the 2021 season, it was still a memorable bowl experience in New York City for the Blacksburg football team, punctuated by the Hokies’ gesture to the New York Yankees — wearing the Yankees’ logo on the side of their helmets on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

That was a thank you to the Yankees for all they’ve done for the Hokies over the years, including a special relationship that started in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 that left a total of 33 people dead.

“This is a very significant moment for Virginia Tech given our shared history that you alluded to. The tragedy in 2007 was followed by generosity by the Yankees organization and from the team and the Hokies will never forget that,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.

“I saw it on Twitter last night and I thought of George. I thought of the boss and I thought of that moment and I thought what a beautiful tribute that he’s looking down being happy cuz again, it was done from the heart,” said New York Yankees President Randy Levine. “Nobody asked them to do it just like nobody asked him to do what he did and it’s a great honor.”

First class. Those are the words that Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock and the rest of the Hokies have been using to describe the reception that Virginia Tech has gotten all week long from the New York Yankees.

Babcock went on to say that he hopes his team will be able to come back to the Pinstripe Bowl in the future.

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