April Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON-SALE NOW

April 18, 2012 – The April issue of Yankees Magazine is on sale now, and simply put, it’s one of the best editions we’ve ever produced.

Jorge Posada, who etched his name into Yankees lore during his 17-year career, is on the cover of our April Issue. Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello took the cover image on the day of Posada’s retirement press conference.

We chose Yankee Stadium’s Great Hall as the location for the Posada photo shoot because the background features banners of fellow Yankees legends.  In my opinion, the symbolism that the Great Hall provides along with the headline “Among the Greats,” is a fitting tribute to a guy who was the heart and soul of the Yankees for nearly two decades.

Yankees Magazine contributor Bob Klapisch, who is also a long-time columnist for the Bergen Record, wrote the cover story. Klapisch’s feature is brilliant, and for any Yankees fan, it’s truly a must-read.

In the fourth paragraph of the story, Klapisch wrote, “He [Posada] had a one-of-a-kind temperament that was defined by pure, unabashed emotion, which only reinforced his integrity.”

From the vantage point of someone who has known Posada for almost 10 years, I can say that Klapisch’s description of the catcher was spot on, as is the rest of the story.

There is a feature story about another all-time great catcher in the April Issue, as well. Petrozzello and senior editor Nathan Maciborski spent a morning with Yogi Berra at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in New Jersey, and they certainly made the most of their time there. I was fortunate enough have joined them on the mid-winter day and to spend some time with Berra.

Maciborski’s first-person account of the day provides unique insight on one of the most charming and gracious people in American pop-culture.  In the story, Maciborski chronicles his conversation with Berra, which includes the catcher’s take on the museum that bares his name as well as on Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey and the many changes the game has seen in the last 50 years.

The story could not have been written better, and the portrait that Petrozzello took of Berra wearing his 10 World Series rings inimitable.

This issue also includes my feature story on Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s visit to Yankee Stadium in January. As I wrote on this blog after Marino’s trip to the Bronx, spending an afternoon with my childhood hero was an unimaginable thrill. Marino’s kindness and easy-going demeanor made the experience even better, and I am proud to have my name on the first-person feature you will see in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine.

There are several other interesting stories in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine, and because the season has just begun, this is the perfect time to subscribe to the Yankees flagship publication. You can order a print or digital subscription to Yankees Magazine through www.yankees.com/publications. Print subscriptions are also available through (800) GO-YANKS, and single copies of Yankees Magazine are available at Yankee Stadium.

Enjoy this magnificent issue!

–Alfred Santasiere III

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