May 2010

Visions of 2009

May 14, 2010 — Alex Rodriguez just hit the biggest home run of the season for the 2010 New York Yankees. 

The 22-12 Yankees (two games behind Tampa Bay) are in the first game of a three-game set against the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins, who also have a 22-12 record.
The Yankees are coming off their worst stretch of the young season, having dropped four of their last five games — all on the road.
Tonight, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees found themselves trailing the Twins 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning. After giving Mark Teixeira a free pass, A-Rod took the plate with the bases loaded.
And like he did so many times during the championship campaign of 2009 (including twice against these very Twins), Rodriguez launched a late-inning blast. This one got out of the park in a hurry, clearing the first section of seats in left field, and landing about 10 rows into the bleachers.
With a 7-4 lead, the Yankees are back in business.
–Alfred Santasiere III
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Rolling with the Stones

May 12, 2010 — On Monday, I had the opportunity to interview two legends for a feature story that will appear in the June issue of Yankees Magazine.
They weren’t baseball legends, however. Instead I sat down with Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards of the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones. The interviews will be part of a story that details the band’s relationship with the New York Yankees. Several Rolling Stones’ songs will be part of Yankee Stadium’s in-game entertainment for the first time this summer. 

–Alfred Santasiere III

Happy Anniversary, Yankees Magazine!

May 11, 2010 – The cover
story of the May issue of Yankees
Magazine
details the history of Yankees
Magazine
, which officially turns 30 years old on May 13.

It’s as unique a story as
you’ll see in Yankees Magazine,
because the magazine has never before celebrated it’s birthday or any of it’s
many accomplishments.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, who will be
inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, authored the
story. Madden describes the magazine’s humble beginnings as a newspaper, its
conversion to a game-day program (which also went out to subscribers) in 1983,
and the many ways it’s become a full-fledged magazine in recent years.

Madden also detailed the many
prominent writers and photographers who have contributed to the success of Yankees Magazine over the past three
decades. He even shed light on former editors and ad sales people who have left
Yankees Magazine for higher-profile
positions in the sports world – such as Jeff Idelson (National Baseball Hall of
Fame President), Michael Yormark (Florida Panthers Chief Operating Officer) and
Patrick Courtney (Major League Baseball Senior VP of Public Relations).

“If Yankees Magazine could talk, it would no doubt tell us it hardly
recognizes itself today,” Madden wrote. “It would also say that it is proud to
have been the launching pad for so many young writers’ and editors’ careers.
Then again, that won’t be necessary. Those writers and editors can speak for
themselves.”

The “30-Year” celebration
continues in the next feature, “Then and Now,” in which I profiled the life of
former Yankees catcher Rick Cerone. Cerone, who currently resides in New
Jersey, graced the first cover of Yankees
Magazine
.

“When I first found out that
I was on the first cover of Yankees Magazine, I really didn’t appreciate it
that much, because we didn’t know if there was going to be a second issue,” Cerone
told me in March. “But over time, it evolved from a newspaper to a magazine, so
it’s a big deal for me today.”

The May 2010 issue of Yankees Magazine is on available at
Yankee Stadium and on the newsstands. It will on the shelves and at the Stadium
until May 31.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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Hottest Player in the Game

May 1, 2010 — Well, it’s official, April is in the history books.

Not only did the Yankees rack up a 15-7 record in the season’s first month, but they also saw the game’s hottest player take the field every day.
As April came to a close, Robinson Cano led the American League with a .400 average, and he ranked second in home runs (8), runs (21), and slugging percentage (.765).
Needless to say, Joe Girardi’s decision to bat Cano behind Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez has paid off. I expect Cano to among the game’s top hitters for a long-time to come, especially if he remains in the fifth spot in the Yanks’ batting order.
While it would be nearly impossible to imagine Cano staying this hot throughout the season, it must be noted that the two guys he’s batting behind have yet to hit their strides (Teixeira is hitting .157 with 2 home runs and A-Rod is hitting .256 with 2 home runs). When that powerful duo heats up (and based on their career history’s it’s safe to assume that they will), Cano will see a better selection of pitches.
Yet, at this juncture, Cano is playing the best baseball of his life, and he’s been the game’s best player in the early part of 2010.
–Alfred Santasiere III
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