September Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE NOW

September 7, 2011 – The September issue of Yankees Magazine is on sale at Yankee Stadium, and it will be on the shelves through the end of the month.

This issue features an interesting group of subjects, including two pitchers who are a big part of the Yankees present-day hopes, two pitchers who are a part of the Yankees future plans and a guy whose arm was better than that of most pitchers and who almost became a big part of the Yankees past.

The two current pitchers who are profiled are CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon. Associate editor Nathan Maciborski wrote the cover story on Sabathia and managing editor Ken Derry wrote the feature on Colon. Both stories offer exclusive quotes and take readers into the lives of the subjects.

Research editor Craig Tapper spent a few days in Trenton, N.J. and Scranton, PA, where he met with pitching prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances — who are both pitching for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees at this time. Similar to the way I introduced our readership to Jesus Montero last year when I spent a few days with the catcher in Scranton, this story will introduce Yankees fans to two pitchers who will likely play significant roles on the big club before long.

As I wrote on this blog earlier in the summer, my feature story in the September issue is on former Yankees minor league outfielder John Elway. I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to interview the football legend in his office at the Denver Broncos training facility, and I believe Elway provided me with the most candid words you will ever see about his time in the Yankees organization and his ultimate decision to play professional football.

Finally, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, and in several areas of Yankees Magazine, we paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on that horrific day.

If you purchase this issue, please read my Press Box column on page 1. I am especially proud to have had the opportunity to work with two men who epitomize dignity in everything they do. Hank Grazioso of the Yankees ticket office lost his two sons, John and Tim, on 9/11. Frank Swaine, who served as an executive in the Yankees ticket office for many years, lost his son, John on that tragic morning.

Since 9/11, Grazioso has honored his sons by coming to work and doing his job in the most passionate and graceful way that one could imagine.

Before his retirement in 2008, Swaine represented everything that is good about the Yankees organization, treating everyone who crossed his path with respect.

Earlier this summer, I interviewed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and he spoke to me about the morning of 9/11, the Yankees role in helping to heal a wounded city and about how he reacted when he learned that the United States military had conducted a mission that ended the life of Osama bin Laden. I believe that interview is a must read, as is the feature that columnist Bob Klapisch wrote about the Yankees 2001 World Series run and the tragedies of 9/11.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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