The Making of a Feature Story – on YES Network’s Yankees on Deck Show

March 25, 2011 – Last Wednesday (March 16), Yankees Magazine joined forces with the
YES Network’s Yankees on Deck show,
which is a half-hour TV program geared toward kids.

On an upcoming episode of Yankees on Deck, the show’s host, Amanda Semian, will provide
viewers with an inside look at how a Yankees
feature story is made.

The subject of the feature that Semian worked with me on is
Robinson Cano.

The cameras started rolling at about 10:00 am, when Yankees
team photographer James Petrozzello began setting up lights and conducting a
series of test shots for two photographs.

The first photo that Petrozzello got ready to shoot was a
horizontal shot of Cano in the seats behind the Yankees dugout at George M.
Steinbrenner Field.

That shot will likely run as the opening spread photo for
the story, and it features Cano in a completely empty ballpark.

After Petrozzello got that shot set up, I spent some time
with the show’s host, going over the list of questions I planned to ask Cano.

After the interview tutorial, the Yankees Magazine and Yankees
on Deck
personnel walked down the right-field line and ducked into a
walkway that spans from the field to the Yankees batting cages.

That dirt walkway would be the site of the second photo
shoot of the day. The purpose of the shot was to capture a magazine cover.

A few hours after Petrozzello got everything into place —
and after a few delays — Cano came off the field (after taking batting
practice) and joined us in the seats.

With a little assistance from the show’s host — Semian held
an umbrella that blocked the sun from shining directly on Cano — Petrozzello
took a series of photos of Cano.

Immediately following that photo, Semian and I took our
seats on either side of Cano, and I began to interview him.

After I had asked Cano about a dozen questions, Semian asked
the Gold Glove second baseman to describe the range of emotions he felt in the
seconds before and after he made the final out of the 2009 World Series. With a
big smile on his face, Cano reflected on the happiest moment of his career.

“It was hard to believe it was happening,” Cano said. “I was
more excited than nervous when the ball was hit to me. I couldn’t wait to get
it into Mark’s [Teixeira] glove, because that would mean we were champions.”

As planned, we took our show back to the dirt walkway in
right field, so that Petrozzello could create the cover imagery.

While I don’t yet know which 2011 issue the Robinson Cano
feature will be in, I will update this blog as soon as it is hashed out.

Also, I will write a reminder blog entry as soon as I know
which episode of Yankees on Deck this
segment will be part of.

Stay tuned!

–Alfred Santasiere III



1 Comment

The Yankees on Deck show (Al Leiter and John Flaherty) is embarrassingly dumb. It really comes off as if it were some sort of high school production. In addition to Leiter’s and Flaherty’s amateurish on-screen presence, the producers are obviously inexperienced. The Yankees deserve better.

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