Spring Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE NOW

February 19, 2013 – Spring Training 2013 has officially begun, and the greatest relief pitcher of all-time is back on the field for the Yankees.

Mariano Rivera, who missed the majority of the 2012 season after he suffered a knee injury, has been participating in team practices and getting ready to make a comeback.

Rivera was on our minds as we put together the first issue of Yankees Magazine in 2013. He graces the cover of the Spring Issue, which comes out on February 21. In my opinion, the image on the cover (below), which team photographer James Petrozzello took last spring in Tampa (on Media Day) brings out Rivera’s intense desire. The look on the closer’s face on the cover is the same glare that Rivera has when he faces would-be hitters in the ninth inning.

The cover story on Rivera was written by senior editor Nathan Maciborski. In the feature, Rivera explains how anxious he is to compete again, and how difficult it was to watch his team from the sidelines. Maciborski spoke with Rivera for the story at a dinner at Yankee Stadium, and he certainly captured exclusive anecdotes.

The Spring Issue also includes a Q&A feature with two Hall of Famers, who are also members of baseball’s 500 Home Run Club. Last March, I sat down with Yankees Spring Training instructor Reggie Jackson and Phillies spring training instructor Mike Schmidt and spoke with them about their storied careers and about being in spring training with their respective ballclubs. For me, the half hour that I spent with these legends in the Phillies dugout at their ballpark in Clearwater, Florida, marked one of the most insightful baseball conversations I have ever had.

There are several other great features in the first issue of Yankees Magazine this year. If you are not already a subscriber, please call (800) GO-YANKS or logon to http://www.yankees.com/publications to get on board. In addition to the print version of Yankees Magazine, we also offer an on-line version.

–Alfred Santasiere III


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