October Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE, OCTOBER 5

October 1, 2012 – The October Issue of Yankees Magazine, which is the last regular season edition of the team’s flagship publication in 2012, truly covers all the bases — and then some.

The cover photo of Andy Pettitte, which senior photography editor/staff photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht took in June, will make this issue stand out on the newsstand. The photo was shot from a 6-foot ladder in the home bullpen at Yankee Stadium, and it shows the iconic pitcher from an angle that he’s rarely (if ever) been photographed.

The photo was originally scheduled to run in the July Issue, but a few days before we began printing that edition, Pettitte sustained the leg injury that shelved him until late September.

Now, Andy Pettitte is back, and this cover is finally ready to see the light of day. The accompanying story, which contributing writer Bob Klapisch (of Bergen County’s The Record), penned, chronicles Pettitte’s comeback within a comeback. If you’re a fan of the southpaw or of the Yankees, I strongly urge you to read this well-written story about Pettitte’s desire to return to the team and his determination to re-enter the starting rotation and to contribute down the stretch.

The October Issue also includes a feature on another Yankee who just came back from an injury. Contributing writer Mark Feinsand (of the New York Daily News) conducted an exclusive interview with Alex Rodriguez in Baltimore a few days after the third baseman returned to the diamond, and the story speaks volumes about A-Rod’s importance to the team as well as Feinsand’s value to the magazine.

As I wrote about in a previous blog entry, my feature story in the October Issue is about B’s Ballpark Museum in Colorado, which I visited in August. The downtown Denver museum is a must-see for any baseball traditionalist, as it includes rare treasures from many of the classic ballparks of the 20th Century. I took as much pleasure in writing the story as I did in visiting the museum, and I’m hopeful that the Yankees Magazine readership will enjoy learning about this great collection of ballpark memorabilia, which is tucked away in the Rocky Mountains.

Lastly, this edition includes “Five Minutes with…” interviews with Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Franco Harris. I spoke to Harris at Yankee Stadium during the summer, and in one of the best interviews of my life, I sat down with Broadway Joe on a balcony at the New York Athletic Club on Sept. 11.

Regardless of how the postseason schedule shakes out for the Yankees, the October Issue of Yankees Magazine will be on-sale at the end of this week. As always, you can subscribe to Yankees Magazine — print or online versions — through (800) GO-YANKS or www.yankees.com/publications.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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