October 4, 2010 — The October issue of Yankees Magazine will be sent out tomorrow. And if you’re lucky enough to at Yankee Stadium this weekend for ALDS Game 3 and ALDS Game 4 (if necessary), please pick up a special version of the October issue — with the Official 2010 ALDS Program cover (seen below).
The October cover story is on the famed Core Four, which, of course, consists of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte. When you read this feature, authored by Yankees Magazine’s managing editor Ken Derry, you’ll gain a better understanding of why the Yankees approach each season — and postseason — with so much confidence.
Save for 2008, the Yankees have been among the sport’s elite teams in each year since the Core Four first appeared in the majors — making it to the postseason 15 times in 16 years. While the championship campaigns are what most fans will remember from this era of dominance, the team’s consistency year in and year out is equally as impressive.
Before you get to Ken’s story, take a few minutes to admire the single gate fold cover (only the second of its kind in Yankees Magazine’s 30-plus year history). Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello snapped the shot a few minutes after the 2010 team photo was taken on Aug. 3.
As I wrote about on this blog a few weeks ago, my contribution to the October issue is a definitive story about Notre Dame and Army’s long-standing history at the old Yankee Stadium, along with a preview of their upcoming match-up at the current Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20.
Before we get to experience the first football game at Yankee Stadium, we’ll see a lot more baseball.
Please stay tuned to this blog, before, during and after every one of the Yankees’ postseason games. As I did during last season’s championship run, I will bring you in-depth coverage of the key moments from within the clubhouse, the press box and the field.
I’m looking forward to my trip to chilly Minnesota, where the Yankees will begin what will hopefully be a memorable month of baseball.
–Alfred Santasiere III