Yankees Magazine Photo Shoot with Andy Pettitte

June 19, 2012 – A few hours after team photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht and I got back to Yankee Stadium, she took the cover photo for the July Issue of Yankees Magazine.

The photo shoot took place in the home bullpen at Yankee Stadium, and the subject of the cover story will be Andy Pettitte.

From high atop a ladder, Goldman Hecht photographed Pettitte for what will be a most poignant cover. The photo shows Pettitte standing on the mound in full uniform, holding his mitt in one hand and a baseball in the other. The iconic pitcher’s No. 46 is prominent in the photo, which we believe is a fitting tribute.

Even though Pettitte retired for one season, before coming back to the game in 2012, his No. 46 is one of the few numbers that is recognizable to virtually any Yankees fan. We wouldn’t think about publishing a cover photo that only features the back of a player – unless we knew that our readership and fan base would instantly recognize the subject.

We’re confident that this cover will become a valuable keepsake for anyone who picks up a copy of the July Issue of Yankees Magazine.

While I won’t reveal the final cover on this blog (you’ll have to wait until the July Issue comes out to see it), I will share a humorous story that took place as we were setting up for the shoot.

About a half hour before Pettitte was scheduled to arrive in the bullpen, we realized that we didn’t have a baseball out there. Just as I told my colleagues, “I’m going to go to the clubhouse to get a baseball,” a baseball fell out of the sky.

In actuality, one of the Atlanta Braves hitters sailed a home run into the bullpen during their batting practice session. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to make the walk back to the clubhouse. But more importantly, I avoided getting hit with the ball, which landed about two feet from me.

If you’re a fan of Pettitte, who has posted a 2.77 ERA this season and has pitched brilliantly during the Yankees recent 20-4 hot streak, you will enjoy this cover.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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