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Yankees Magazine photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht was on the field at Yankee Stadium early in the afternoon Thursday for a photo shoot with Yanks pitchers Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia that will produce the cover art for the May issue.
Nate Maciborski is working on the feature story in which CC and Andy speak openly about their friendship that has evolved over the past two seasons and the influence the two veterans have on the other members of the pitching staff.
It should make for an interesting piece.
The Yankees announced Friday the organization’s continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of this year’s initiative, the Yankees have published the first Spanish-language issue of Yankees Magazine, the club’s flagship publication. Also, nine-time Grammy Award-winner Jose Feliciano and Grammy-nominated salsa singer Frankie Negron will each take part in activities celebrating the month during the Yankees’ final regular season homestand.
Yankees Magazine has been the team’s game-day program since its inception in 1980 and has strived to exceed the expectations normally associated with a team-based periodical. In August of 2011, the magazine was the first official team publication in American professional sports to dedicate an issue to women. This month’s inaugural Spanish-language issue continues the publication’s dedication to serve its loyal readers in new and engaging ways. The magazine may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com/publications and http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com or by phone at (800) GO-YANKS (800-469-2657).
“As part of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, we are thrilled to publish the first ever Spanish-language edition of Yankees Magazine,” Yankees Director of Latino Affairs Manuel Garcia said. “Our talented publications department did a phenomenal job on this historic initiative. I am truly proud of their work – and I know our fans will be as well. The Yankees always strive to be at the forefront, and this is yet another example of that tradition.”
Feliciano will sing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the seventh-inning stretch of the Yankees’ 7:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays. Feliciano, a veteran recording artist of nearly 50 years, has earned Grammy Awards in several categories, including Best New Artist (1969), Contemporary Pop Male Vocalist (1969) and Best Tropical Latin Album for Señor Bachata (2009).
Negron will perform the national anthem prior to the Yankees-Blue Jays game Thursday, Sept. 20, also scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The New Jersey-born and raised singer has released nine critically-acclaimed albums since 1997, earning him several Billboard Award nominations as well as being described by online music service AllMusic as the salsa genre’s “next definitive voice.” In addition, Negron is heavily involved in his community through organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the American Red Cross.
“Having a music legend such as Jose Feliciano, as well as Grammy-nominated artist Frankie Negron, join us for this year’s celebration is very exciting,” Garcia said. “I am sure our fans will truly enjoy their performances.”
The Yankees will also commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with several on-field ceremonies at the Stadium by highlighting a variety of important platforms. Among them is the fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards Friday, Sept. 14, which recognize those who proudly serve the residents of the Bronx in the areas of the arts (El Museo del Barrio), athletics (Bronx YMCA), business (White Rose) and education (RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program).
Winning players from the Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano Youth Baseball Tournaments, which are hosted by the Dominican Sports Foundation of New York, will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 18, and five students from the League of Puerto Rican Women who received scholarships from the Yankees Foundation will be recognized Wednesday, Sept. 19. The celebration will be capped off Saturday, Sept. 22, when http://www.latinobaseball.com presents the 2012 Yankees Latino MVP Award to Rafael Soriano.
Fans can learn more about these events by visiting the team’s official Spanish-language website, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, and clicking on the special Hispanic Heritage Month section. While there, fans can also participate in an online sweepstakes for the opportunity to win tickets to the final regular season home game at the Stadium Wednesday, Oct. 3, against the Red Sox.
Picture Day finally came to Yankee Stadium late Tuesday afternoon about 4 ½ hours before the game between the Yankees and the Rays. It is a busy assignment for the Yankees Magazine staff because they need to collect as many photos as they can for off-season issues when most of the players are not available.
There was very little of the normal clowning that often takes place when team photos are taken. The ones during spring training are especially goofy. With the regular season winding down and postseason looming, the Yankees have their games faces on for the most part.
As usual, there are always some no-shows, although the only Yankees regular not in the photo is Ivan Nova, who as Tuesday night’s starting pitcher was not required to come to the park early. He will no doubt put up with some grief from his teammates and likely a fine from the Kangaroo Court supervised by Mariano Rivera.
The other players who did not get into the picture were all injured. Relievers Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte were among the missing. So, too, was backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is home recovering from post-concussion syndrome and may not make the postseason roster.
The postponement of the team picture from Sept. 6 to Tuesday was a break for Austin Romine, one of two rookie catchers, along with Jesus Montero, who may replace Cervelli on the postseason roster. The team photo session had to be postponed Sept. 6 because of wet grounds. That was the night that the start of the game was delayed for more than four hours and did not begin until 11:08 p.m., by orders of Major League Baseball.
While Montero was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the Yankees Aug. 31 and was at the Stadium for the original photo session Sept. 6, Romine was still in the minors and had just been transferred from the Double A Trenton roster to SWB. After Cervelli’s injury Sept. 8 at Baltimore, the Yankees brought up Romine, who joined the team in Anaheim and made his big-league debut Sept. 11 against the Angels. That put Austin in position to make his first appearance in a Yankees team photo.
The Yankees are providing a multi-platform initiative during September to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The September issue of Yankees Magazine, the team’s official game program, features an article on the “Latino Living Legends” exhibit currently on display in the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at Yankee Stadium. This exhibit was unveiled earlier this year in a special ceremony with Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, a native Puerto Rican.
The Yankees will join New York-Presbyterian Hospital Saturday in a Taxi Health Fair in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. In a special pregame ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Yankees will hold their fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards ceremony, which recognizes those who serve the residents of the Bronx. One of this year’s honorees is Johnny Pacheco, co-founder and musical director of the world renowned salsa all-star band and record label, Fania.
Earlier this month, the Yankees began festivities with various events, including on-field ceremonies celebrating the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame’s Inductee Class of 2012, which included former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams and current bench coach Tony Peña, the presentation of the 2011 Yankees Latino MVP Award to rookie pitcher Ivan Nova by http://www.latinobaseball.com and the acknowledgment of the 2010 Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano youth baseball tournament winners from the Dominican Sports Foundation of New York.
Coming up next week, ceremonial first-pitch duties at Yankee Stadium will be handled by Felipe Payano, the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Sports and Recreation, before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Rays Thursday, Sept. 22, and by actress Lucie Arnaz prior to the 4:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox Saturday, Sept. 24.
Payano is in his second term heading the sports and recreation agency in the DR. Established in 1974, the ministry aids and supports the values, individuals and positive aspects of sports and governs the country’s national athletic teams.
Yankees Director of Latino Affairs Manuel Garcia said, “With Dominican superstars such as Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova, Rafael Soriano and Eduardo Nuñez on our roster, it is only fitting to have the Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic join us for Hispanic Heritage Month.”
For more than four decades, Arnaz has starred on Broadway and television and in films. She won an Emmy Award for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie in 1994. The daughter of I Love Lucy co-stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who was born in Cuba, Lucie Arnaz performed on the Academy Awards and Tony Awards shows and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting excellence and education in the theatre. Her latest album, Latin Roots, was released in 2010 and celebrates her Spanish heritage.
“We are truly honored to have Lucie Arnaz headline our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration,” Garcia said. “Not only is she an extremely talented and award-winning performer, but she is the daughter of one of America’s iconic couples who were pioneers in the entertainment industry. I know our fans will be excited to see Lucie in Yankee Stadium.”
Yankees fans who follow the team on its Spanish-language Web site, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, can check out these and other events in the special Hispanic Heritage Month section and take part in an online sweepstakes for the opportunity to win tickets to the final regular season home game at the Stadium Sunday, Sept. 25 against the Red Sox.
The professional sports world in America has not been a men-only province for a long time as the current issue of Yankees Magazine that goes on sale Tuesday will attest. The club’s flagship journal is the first team publication in American professional sports to dedicate an entire issue to women.
Yankees fans will get an up-close look at the females in the organization and those pioneers in baseball and other sports that have changed the landscape of the industry.
The cover of the issue features a photograph of Joan Steinbrenner, widow of the late George M. Steinbrenner III; Yankees vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal; vice chairperson Jessica Steinbrenner and Christina Steinbrenner, wife of Yankees co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner. The edition includes a feature story about the philanthropic work of the Steinbrenner family and the charitable endeavors of several Yankees players’ wives.
“Where else but with the New York Yankees do you have the opportunity to create history on any given day,” team vice president and assistant general manager Jean Afterman said. “I am proud to participate in the first-ever professional sports team magazine devoted to women. It’s great to be a Yankee every day, and on the day that this issue goes to print, the Yankees will again prove how historic this organization is.”
Jean is among the women featured in the magazine, along with Yankees senior vice president of marketing Deborah Tymon, plus such female icons as tennis legend Billie Jean King, softball pitcher Jennie Finch and soccer star Mia Hamm, among others. Yankees fans who listen to radio voice Suzyn Waldman on WCBS-880AM and watch clubhouse/on-field reporter Kimberly Jones and studio host/Yankees Magazine moderator Nancy Newman on the YES Network will get the chance to know them better. Also featured is a look at the office women behind the scenes who have been fixtures in the organization for more than three decades.
“We are excited to launch such a unique issue of Yankees Magazine, and one that celebrates the contributions of women throughout the sports world,” Yankees director of publications Alfred Santasiere III said. “The Women’s Issue is certain to be a keepsake to Yankees fans and sports fans because it is the first of its kind.”
Yankees Magazine, which has served as the team’s game-day program since its inception in 1980, is available at Yankee Stadium, through 800-GO-YANKS or online at http://www.yankees.com/publications.
Move over, Wade Boggs, and make room for an old teammate. Before Saturday, Boggs had been the only member of the 3,000 Hit Club whose milestone hit was a home run. It was ironic in that Boggs was one of the game’s greatest singles hitters.
So, too, has been Derek Jeter, who has singled for nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of his hits, including the one he got in the first inning for No. 2,999. Jeter made No. 3,000 special by driving a 3-2 curveball from Rays lefthander David Price over the left field auxiliary scoreboard and into the first section of stands at Yankee Stadium.
The best thing about a milestone hit being a home run is that there is more time to savor the moment because the player gets to round the bases while the crowd shows its appreciation. Jeter’s quest had been on hold for three weeks while he was on the disabled list nursing a right calf strain. The sense of anticipation with each at-bat was getting excruciating. Despite being banged up physically with Alex Rodriguez (left knee ligament tear) and Nick Swisher (strained left quad) out of the lineup, the Yankees had been willing to play two games Saturday following Friday night’s rainout in order for Jeter to have the best shot of getting to 3,000 at the Stadium.
What Jeter did was a first not only for the Yankees franchise but also for New York City. No one had ever gotten his 3,000th hit wearing a Yankees uniform, and no player had achieved the feat in a New York ballpark. It hadn’t happened at the previous versions of Yankee Stadium or at the old Polo Grounds across the Harlem River where the New York Giants once played or at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn that the Dodgers used to call home or at either of the Queens yards which have housed the Mets, Shea Stadium or Citi Field.
“Long before joining the 3,000 Hit Club, hit club, Derek Jeter became another one of New York’s icons,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement, “because he represents what is best in the spirit of our city: an unbreakable belief that with hard work and determination, anything can be accomplished.
“Perhaps above all else, Derek is someone who loves this city and has a long history of giving back to the place and people that helped make him the superstar he is. New York has a greater baseball tradition than any other city, but we’ve never had a player get all 3,000 hits in a New York uniform until today. Congratulations, Derek. You’ve made all of New York City proud.”
The first player to greet Jeter at the plate was his closest friend on the team, Jorge Posada, who had been waiting a long time to give the shortstop this special hug. DJ looked up to the luxury box where his parents and other relatives and friends were standing and waved to them. Then it was hugs all around from his teammates, coaches and manager Joe Girardi. Pitchers ran in from the bullpen to join the lovefest.
Even the Rays – including another former teammate, Johnny Damon – stood on the top step or just in front of the third base dugout and applauded Jeter. And somewhere in the Stadium, Don Zimmer, the former Yankees coach and current Rays adviser who was here for the series, smiled and wondered how many of those hits came after Jeter had rubbed his bald head.
Jeter’s home run was his third this season and his first at Yankee Stadium since July 22 last year, also against Tampa Bay. It was the 237th home run of his career, so Jeter is not exactly a Judy of a hitter. Boggs had 118 home runs but had singles in almost exactly three-quarters (74.9 percent) of his 3,010 hits.
I talked to Boggs a few weeks ago for Yankees Magazine’s special edition on Jeter that went on sale at the Stadium immediately after the 3,000th hit. “Don’t be surprised if he goes deep, too,” Wade told me.
The only thing different is that Jeter did not kneel down and kiss the plate the way Boggs did when he got to 3,000 Aug. 7, 1999 for Tampa Bay against Cleveland at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., just across the Howard Frankland Bridge from his home town of Tampa.
When Jeter hit a double to left in his third at-bat leading off the fifth, it created a possibility that he might be the first player to hit for the cycle in the game in which he got his 3,000th hit. All he needed to complete it was a triple, which sure would have tested that calf. But he’d have plenty of time to rest with the All-Star break coming up.
“It is a monumental achievement, and Derek has climbed the mountain,” Boggs said Saturday. “He has reached that honor, where he can stake his flag in the mountain and call it his own. I had the opportunity to play with Derek when he was a rookie in 1996, and I had no doubts that Derek would reach this milestone. He is a very consistent player and never deviated from his game.
“When you stay healthy and you are consistent and compile a lengthy career like Derek has done, you have the opportunity to reach that 3,000 hit plateau. Reaching the 3,000 hit mark is another piece of the legacy that Derek has created. It won’t be too long now before we are on the veranda in Cooperstown at the Otesaga Hotel celebrating his induction into the Hall of Fame.”
Maybe it was standing on third base Tuesday night and watching four players from the Blue Jays breeze past him finishing their home run trots that got to Alex Rodriguez or perhaps he was just waiting for Wednesday, the third anniversary of his reaching 500 career home runs.
Whatever the reason, A-Rod finally became the seventh member of major league baseball’s 600 Club with a first-inning blow off a 2-0 fastball from Shaun Marcum that landed on the netting atop Monument Park.
Considering the traffic around Yankee Stadium Wednesday, there were quite a few ticket holders that had yet to reach their seats before Rodriguez went deep for the first time in nearly two weeks, ending an odyssey that had grown to epic proportions and coincided with a five-game Yankees slide down the American League East standings since July 23, the day after A-Rod got to 599.
They were a second-place club when they took the field Wednesday, but all that seemed to be on everyone’s mind was whether Rodriguez would end this drought that covered 46 at-bats that included a hitless string of 17 at-bats leading into his first plate appearance.
So the long wait is over, and Alex can now breathe freely and intake the rarified air that he shares with Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa. Exclusive company that. So now A-Rod’s team can get back to the business at hand, which is to catch the Rays and keep the Red Sox from climbing up their backs.
Oddly, Rodriguez’s quest drew scant national attention beyond the nightly ESPN SportsCenter updates. Not a single national baseball columnist flew into town to witness the event. And when Sunday’s game in St. Petersburg, Fla., was cablecast by TBS, A-Rod was not in the lineup, although he did get an at-bat late in the game as a pinch hitter.
Part of that has to do with the tight-belt budgets of newspapers these days and part with Rodriguez’s admission last year that while in his three seasons in Texas he used anabolic steroids. Nevertheless, fans were into it, even in the games last weekend against the Rays. The crowd at the Stadium went ballistic as the ball went into the air. And it was somehow appropriate that the teammate who first met Alex with a hug at the plate was Derek Jeter, who had led off the game with a single.
One more thing; it was no bum off of whom Rodriguez struck his 600th home run. Marcum took a 10-4 record into the game and was on a three-game winning streak in which he had a 2.04 ERA with one walk and 19 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. That was not some tomato can out there.
Those in the Stadium had the opportunity to purchase a special commemorative issue of Yankees Magazine entitled “All in Stride, an Extraordinary Look at Alex Rodriguez and his Chase for 600.”
The 32-page souvenir featuring in-depth articles and laden with color photographs will be available for the bargain price of $10 at the Stadium for the duration of the homestand as supplies last.