A Media Day Tradition

March 4, 2012 – A few short hours after the NBA All-Star Game came to a close, I was at George M. Steinbrenner Field for Media Day. As always, Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello captured beautifully lit portraits of virtually every Yankees player. Many of those photos will grace the covers and interiors of upcoming issues of Yankees Magazine this season.

Petrozzello photographed the players from the umpires’ locker room rather than from his customary spot in the dugout. The location change will give the magazine a slightly different look in 2012, and I am optimistic that it will be well received.

Another difference from media day in recent years is that the New York Yankees media relations department brought back a tradition that had not been carried out in at least a decade.

For the first time in years, players were given index cards with their names on them, so that the many photographers and editorial directors could easily identify each player on the 40-man roster, which includes several guys who have not yet played in the majors.

During Derek Jeter’s first spring training in the Yankees big-league camp, a few photographers asked the shortstop to hold up the index card, so that he could easily be identified.

Twenty years later, Jeter was again walking from photo station to photo station with an index card featuring his name and uniform number. This time around, we were the only publication to ask Jeter to pose with the card. Needless to say, our reason was not because we didn’t recognize one of the most famous faces in the world, but rather because it made for a unique photo, which will be published in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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