The Yankees' HOPE Week continued on Tuesday, honoring Jorge Munoz and his charity, An Angel in Queens.
Every day, Munoz cooks dinner for more than 140 homeless and hungry people -- from his own tiny kitchen. On Tuesday, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Boone Logan and Hiroki Kuroda surprised him to lend a hand.
Logan wanted to be a chef as a kid and rated his cooking chops an eight out of 10. Granderson, on the other hand, said his skills drop off once the guest list includes more than three people. "I give Jorge that much more credit," he said. "The fact that he's able to cook for 100-plus people day-in and day-out -- and make it all taste good."
Even after cooking was completed, Munoz's day was far from over. He and his family watched batting practice on the field at Yankee Stadium and Jorge threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees took on the Indians. The plan was then for Munoz to drive with Brian Cashman and other members of the Yankees front office to the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and 73rd St. and give out food to lines of hungry people.
Many who learn about An Angel in Queens ask Munoz what he receives in return for devoting his life to feeding the hungry. His response:
"When I see their smiles, that's how I get paid."
-- Matthew Latimer