ON SALE THIS FRIDAY – The October Issue of Yankees Magazine

September 25, 2011 – The October issue of Yankees Magazine will be on sale at Yankee Stadium and on the newsstands this Friday, September 30.

This issue has two covers. The first cover below is labeled the Official 2011 American League Division Series Program, and it will be sold at the Stadium. The second cover below will go out to our subscribers, and it will be sold on the newsstands.

Both covers feature Mariano Rivera. Associate editor Nathan Maciborski’s story on the closer details not only the record-breaking 602nd save, but also the characteristics that propelled Rivera to that awe-inspiring number.

This issue also includes a story about the great home run chase of 1961, in which former Yankees beat writer Phil Pepe goes back in time. Pepe had a perfect view of history in 1961, and he chronicles the home runs of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle like few people in the world can.

As I wrote on this blog a few weeks ago, the October issue features two stories about Lou Piniella. Hall of Fame writer Bill Madden wrote about Piniella’s career in baseball, and I got an inside look at Piniella’s post-baseball life when I spent a day with the former Yankee on his fishing boat. I am grateful to Piniella for spending the day with me on the Gulf of Mexico, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write what I believe is a one-of-a-kind story.

Finally, the poster in this issue is the 2011 New York Yankees team photo, which was taken by Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello (pictured below).

“Derek came onto the field a few minutes after the rest of the team,” Petrozzello said. “There was an open spot next to Jesus Montero, and that’s where Derek ended up. That was neat from the standpoint of who Derek is and who everyone hopes Jesus will become.”

“This is the first year I shot the team photo,” Petrozzello continued. “While I was trying to figure out all of the details, there was a moment where I thought, ‘This is the New York Yankees standing in front of you, and this is their official team photo.’ It’s amazing to look into a camera and have the greatest franchise in the history of team sports standing in front of you and staring back at you.”

Enjoy a few outtakes of from team photo day below, and please pick up your copy of the October issue of Yankees Magazine later this week.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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