June Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE, JUNE 3

June 2, 2013 – The June Issue of Yankees Magazine will be on sale Monday, June 3 at Yankee Stadium.

Of course, you can purchase a subscription to the print version of Yankees Magazine by visiting http://www.yankees.com/publications or by calling (800) GO-YANKS. The digital version of the magazine is available through http://www.yankees.com/publications.

The cover of the June Issue features an exclusive photograph of Ichiro Suzuki, which Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello took in spring training. The cover image is a rare portrait of Ichiro, in which the superstar outfielder is not wearing sunglasses. Instead, Ichiro’s signature sunglasses are placed on this hat. As you can see from the image below, this cover embodies the quiet class that Ichiro exudes every time he takes the field.

The cover story, which was written by executive editor Ken Derry, is just as exclusive as the cover image. Derry sat down with Ichiro for about a half hour and truly captured the essence of who Ichiro is — on and off the field.

The June Issue also features stories on Vernon Wells and Austin Romine, which were scribed by contributing writer Mark Feinsand and managing editor Nathan Maciborski, respectively.

I wrote two stories, which appear in this edition. The first is on former Yankees skipper Joe Torre. For that feature, I spent a day with Torre in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York (see blog entry below). It was one of the most memorable days of my career, and the story is one of the favorites I’ve ever written.

I also wrote a feature about a remarkable recognition that one of my Yankees colleagues received. On May 22, Yankees senior VP of Marketing, Deborah A. Tymon was one of five individuals presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by the United States Army (see photo below). The award is the third-highest public service honor the Army can bestow on a civilian.

Since beginning her Yankees career in 1985, Tymon has consistently gone out of her way to support and raise awareness for members of the military and for their families.

Tymon, whose father was severely injured in World War II, was involved in the creation of Military Appreciation Day, which is now a Yankee Stadium tradition. Tymon has also worked closely with the Wounded Warrior Foundation since the non-for-profit organization was founded in 2003. She has spearheaded the donation of thousands of Yankees tickets to injured soldiers each season, and she has created several pre-game ceremonies each year to honor wounded warriors.

Additionally, Tymon has sent out thousands of care packages each year to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her efforts certainly don’t end there, but you’ll have to read my story in the June Issue of Yankees Magazine to learn about all the other ways Tymon has made a difference.

I was privileged enough to be Tymon’s guest on the day the Yankees executive was recognized in Washington, D.C. The day included a tour of the Pentagon; a meeting with the 38th chief of staff of the United States Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in his Pentagon office (see photo below); lunch with a group of soldiers; a private tour of the Tomb of the Unknowns and a private dinner at Odierno’s quarters.

Tymon was presented with the award at an hour-long ceremony known as Twilight Tattoo, held at Fort Myer Army base. Twilight Tattoo included music from several Army bands and the re-enactment of military battles dating back to the Civil War (see photos below).

Tymon’s work is inspiring, and I hope every Yankees fan that picks up a copy of the June Issue of Yankees Magazine reads about her life-long commitment to supporting the military.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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