October Issue of Yankees Magazine — ON SALE, MONDAY OCTOBER 10
By Alfred Santasiere III
October 6, 2016 — The October Issue of Yankees Magazine will be on sale, beginning October 10 at the New York Yankees Team Store (located at Gate 6 of Yankee Stadium) and on newsstands throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.
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The cover of the October Issue features a portrait of youngsters Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Luis Severino, taken by the team’s chief photographer, Ariele Goldman Hecht. These four players are part of a larger group of Baby Bombers slated to contribute mightily in 2017 and beyond. For the cover story, executive editor Kristina M. Dodge spent time with several rookies and other young players and spoke with them about their experiences in pinstripes thus far.
There is another feature in this edition that focuses specifically on Bird. Managing editor Jon Schwartz visited with the young first baseman at different points throughout the year, following him on the roller coaster of rehabbing from a shoulder surgery that cut him down after an exciting 2015 debut. Schwartz’ first visit with Bird came in the ballplayer’s home state of Colorado, and the story includes several behind-the-scenes anecdotes (and photos) from that trip.
Back in the Bronx, Mark Teixeira recently announced that this would be his last season as a player. Deputy editor Nathan Maciborski sat down with the 14-year major league veteran at Yankee Stadium for a story that delves into Teixeira’s career in pinstripes and the legacy that he will leave behind.
There are three Q&A’s in this issue about the 1996 season with former Yankees whose contributions to that championship 20 years ago were paramount. Associate editor Hilary Giorgi met up with World Series hero Jim Leyritz at The Westin New York at Times Square in Manhattan and Dodge accompanied former centerfielder Bernie Williams on a drive to the Stadium in July. Giorgi’s conversation with Andy Pettitte for the third feature followed those interviews.
This October also marks the 15th anniversary of Paul O’Neill’s final game in pinstripes. I sat down with the all-time great on a cool January morning in Lake Worth, Florida, to discuss that emotional time. Since our breakfast meeting at Bucky Dent’s charity golf outing, I have put together a first-person feature, in which the former rightfielder describes the days after the tragedies of Sept. 11 and his last inning in a Yankees uniform (see blog entry below). Be sure to check out this story in the October Issue.
For this month’s Art of Sport Q&A feature, I spent a day with former St. John’s University basketball star Felipe Lopez (see blog entry below) in the South Bronx. Lopez grew up in the shadows of the old Yankee Stadium, and for the piece, team photographer James Petrozzello captured several images of him at the site of The House That Ruth Built.
Enjoy this edition.
— Alfred Santasiere III