May Issue of Yankees Magazine defines diversity in Yankees Coverage

April 26, 2011 – On May 10, the May issue of Yankees Magazine will be on-sale at Yankee Stadium, through 800-GO-YANKS and and on newsstands.

I am especially excited about this issue because I believe it defines the diversity of our Yankees coverage.

In this issue, Hall of Fame writer Bill Madden takes you inside one of Tampa’s finest restaurants and George Steinbrenner’s favorite hangout. Malio’s Prime Steakhouse  holds so many classic stories about the Boss, and Bill shares some of the best of them in this story.

After Bill took me to Malio’s for the first time (Spring Training 2010) and I spent a few minutes with him and the restaurant’s owner, Malio Iavarone (pictured below), I knew this would be must-read story.

There’s also a piece on long-time Yankees head athletic trainer Gene Monahan, whose career has spanned five decades. In the story, staff writer Jack O’Connell discusses the vast differences in athletic training from the ’60s to today along with Monahan’s contributions to so many Yankees teams. It is an interesting read about an inspirational man.

Associate editor Nathan Maciborski’s contribution to this issue came in the form of a story about Marshall Fogel, a Denver-based attorney, whose collection of Yankees memorabilia rivals any you will ever see. If you like Nathan’s feature, I suggest you check out the York Yankees Museum (here at Yankee Stadium), because some of Fogel’s most prized possessions are there on loan.

The May issue also includes stories about two Yankees superstars from two different eras.

Former Yankees director of media relations, Rick Cerrone wrote a feature about one of Mickey Mantle’s best games. The game, in which Mantle went 5-for-5, took place in Mantle’s final big-league season. If you weren’t around when Mantle played, you probably know nothing about this 1968 gem. And if you were around at that time, you probably remember how much Mantle’s play had deteriorated because of injuries. That more than anything else, made Mantle’s accomplishments on that May afternoon spectacular.

Rick left no stones unturned in his research, and he wrote about the uniqueness of that game brilliantly.

And, finally, when Alex Rodriguez allowed team photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht and I to spend two days in Miami with him this winter, we knew that we had the opportunity to bring you a must-read story.

The photos that Ariele took of A-Rod during his cardio, weight training and baseball workouts (pictured below) are as stunning as they are unique.

In an effort to enhance the story, I interviewed some of the game’s most iconic players about A-Rod. The time I spent with Hank Aaron in New York City (pictured below) and Willie Mays in Arizona will stand out in my mind forever, and I believe their candid words about Rodriguez will resonate with our fan base as much as the description of his grueling workout regimen.

As I’ve said many times before, we don’t just cover what goes on between the baselines. We cover the Yankees from every imaginable angle.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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