Commemorative Cover Photos — of Mariano Rivera

August 15, 2013 – The September Issue of Yankees Magazine will include three commemorative covers – all of which will feature Mariano Rivera.

Prior to the team photo shoot yesterday, Yankees photographers captured incredible portraits of Rivera — who is planning to retire after the season — for two of those covers and for the cover of the second annual Yankees Magazine en Espanol.

The first portrait of the day was taken by chief photographer Ariele Goldman Hecht in Monument Park, and that photo will grace the Yankees Magazine cover that will only be available at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 22. On that day, the Yankees will be honoring Rivera in a special pre-game ceremony.

Team photographer James Petrozzello took the second portrait of the day on the mound. While there have been a countless number of photos taken of Rivera on the mound during games, this beautifully lit image includes the backdrop of a empty sun-soaked Yankee Stadium. That photo will appear on the cover that will be available all month anywhere Yankees Magazine is sold.

Petrozzello captured the image that will run on the cover of Yankees Magazine en Espanol in foul territory down the third base line. Like the photo on the mound, the backdrop of this image is the Stadium.

For the cover that will only be available at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 26, which will be Rivera’s last home regular season game, Hecht photographed Rivera in the bullpen. That photo was taken during a game.

In addition to all of the great cover images that were taken today, the photographers got some special photos of Rivera on his way out to Monument Park and on his walk from Monument Park to the mound. Assistant photography editor Matthew Ziegler took the image below of Rivera walking through the outfield. It will be published within the 42-page commemorative section on the closer that will highlight the September Issue of Yankees Magazine.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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