September Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE NOW
September 4, 2013 – The September Issue of Yankees Magazine is on sale now 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.
While I’m proud of every edition of Yankees Magazine I’ve been involved with, it is my opinion that the September issue is the best issue we’ve ever published.
For starters, this issue features three covers (below) — the September Issue cover plus commemorative covers for the game on September 22, when the Yankees will be honoring Rivera in a special pre-game ceremony and the September 26 game, which will be the closer’s final regular-season game. The cover photos of Mariano Rivera were taken on team photo day, and they are all exceptional (see previous blog entry for back story).
The interior of the magazine includes a commemorative section on Mariano Rivera, which starts on page 42. Within that section is deputy editor Kristina M. Dodge’s career retrospective on the great closer, my exclusive interview with Rivera and Cal Ripken Jr. (see previous blog entry for back story) and managing editor Nathan Maciborski’s conversation with the only two pitchers who have amassed 600 or more saves — Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. The section also features a two-page spread that contains quotes from some of the game’s greatest players of today and yesterday (see previous blog entry for back story) and contributing writer Bob Klapisch’s piece on the five best pitches in modern Yankees history — after Rivera’s cutter.
My story on the church that Rivera is restoring in New Rochelle, New York rounds out the 42-page section (see previous blog entry for back story).
In addition to the tribute to Rivera, this issue includes four Q&A pieces that I am proud of. My “5 Minutes with” interview with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (see previous blog entry for back story) as well those that I conducted with Minnesota Vikings legends John Randle (see previous blog entry for back story) and Chris Doleman are in this edition. Also, my exclusive interview with Rivera and Panama president Ricardo Martinelli is the subject of this month’s La Esquina Caliente.
Finally, a story that I have been anxious to see in print since last winter is now on the shelves. If you are a fan of former Yankee Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez or if you are interested in a great human-interest story, you don’t want to miss my feature on the Cuban pitcher (see previous blog entry for back story). My three-hour interview with Hernandez was about as candid as any conversation gets, and I believe that I captured the emotion of that day in the story.
Enjoy this issue. It is truly a special collection of work.
–Alfred Santasiere III