February 25, 2011 — It’s been a busy offseason at Yankee
Stadium, but for myself and the other members of the New York Yankees
publications department, the new season begins (and the offseason ends) on
Media Day provides select media outlets and the New York
Yankees publications department with the opportunity to photograph every
Yankees player and coach at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
This year, Media Day was held on Feb. 23, and Yankees team
photographer James Petrozzello captured portrait photographs of each Yankees
player and coach on the steps of the visiting dugout. The photo session began
at 7:00 am, and it took place under overcast skies.
Below are a few of the beautifully lit shots that
Petrozzello snapped amid the humid Florida air. The first is of Brett Gardner and the second is of CC
Sabathia, or to be more specific, Sabathia’s fastball grip.
Petrozzello asked each pitcher to grip a baseball as if he
were throwing his most vaunted pitch, and seconds before the photo below was taken;
Petrozzello discussed the shot with Sabathia.
“I want to take a close-up shot of your grip on your best
pitch, which is your change-up, right?” Petrozzello asked.
Sabathia quickly began to laugh.
“No it’s my fastball,” he said.
“What do I know, I’m the photographer,” Petrozzello
Later, Petrozzello noted that ESPN The Magazine published a recent poll in which major league
hitters voted on which pitchers have the best changeup, fastball and curveball,
among other pitches. And, of course, Sabathia’s change-up got enough votes to
put him in that category.
I guess a good pitcher never willingly gives away any secrets.
Enjoy the photos below. And check out many more Media Day
portraits in Yankees Magazine this
–Alfred Santasiere III