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Episode 16: MLB Network’s Heidi Watney On The Rivalry, Her Studio Gig And More

As the Yankees wrap up the final home stand of the regular season and second-to-last series against the Red Sox, we welcome current MLB Network studio host/field reporter and former NESN Red Sox reporter Heidi Watney to the podcast. Watney covers everything from her gig at MLB Network to the front row seat (or rather, spot in the camera well) that she held at both the old and new stadium for sports’ biggest rivalry. Plus, Watney talks about the charity events for both Derek Jeter and David Ortiz’s foundations that she’ll be attending this year and what her postseason assignment is for MLB Network.

Thanks again to Heidi for giving us so much of her time and such great answers and insight in to her experiences with a regional sports network and MLBN. And of course, thanks to you for rating, reviewing and subscribing wherever you get podcasts!

Episode 15: Judge Injury Update, New Stadium Wine Bar, Ballpark Pass And Postseason Tickets

After a hiatus, the podcast returns but obviously it isn’t the most anticipated comeback in Yankee Universe. While reports emerge that Aroldis Chapman is close to pitching a simulated game and possibly rejoining the team, all eyes are on Aaron Judge. The power hitter has taken on-field batting practice the last three days (two as of this episode’s taping). With how spot on he was in his analysis last time, we asked physical therapist Jimmy McKay, Director of Communications at Fox Rehabilitation and host of the “PT Pintcast” back on to the show. He’ll break down the typical next steps and expectations with an injury like Judge’s.

Then, I talk about a few other items of interest for fans: what we can expect from the Yankees after the Ballpark Pass was offered for a second consecutive month, the new City Winery Wine Bar behind section 106 and the implementation of Ticketmaster’s “Verfied Fan” platform for Yankees postseason ticket sales, which kick off Thursday morning.

Episode 14: Breaking Down Judge’s Injury, Ballpark Pass Returns For September

This week’s episode is jam-packed with information. Our guest this week is Jimmy McKay, a physical therapist and host of the PT Pintcast, a physical therapy podcast that surpassed one million downloads earlier this year. In addition to being the Godfather of this podcast, a friend and a Yankees fan, McKay comes well versed on the type of wrist injury Aaron Judge sustained. While he has not examined Judge or his charts personally, he does offer a lot of useful general information on what this injury entails, how it is rehabbed and what typical recovery times are (spoiler alert: not three weeks).

Then we move to ticketing news: the Ballpark Pass returns for September! I’ll break down the pros and cons of its comeback – plus we reached out to Yankees PR about this; find out the response I received when you listen to the episode.

As always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you get podcasts!

Episode 13: Baseball HOF’s Jon Shestakofsky On Induction Weekend FAQs And Much More!

With the Yankees celebrating the 20th anniversary of the famed 1998 squad this weekend at the Stadium, I thought it would be rather timely to talk with our friends in beautiful Cooperstown, New York. After all, there are two core members of that team who will undoubtedly be first ballot Hall of Famers; Mariano Rivera is up for induction in 2019 and Derek Jeter follows in 2020.

Jon Shestakofsky is the Vice President of Communications and Education for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He does a great job here of filling you in on everything you need to know for an Induction Weekend upstate. Plus, Jon sheds some light on current Yankees who are represented in the Hall’s exhibits, how the HOF obtains memorabilia and what it was like to watch the game’s biggest rivalry from the perspective of the Nation; Shestakofsky came to the Hall from the Red Sox organization, where he worked parts of nine postseasons and most recently served as Manager of Media Relations and Baseball Information for the team.

Thank you to Jon for giving us so much time and another great episode – hope you feel the same way. If you do, be sure to rate/review/subscribe wherever you get us. Thanks!

Episode 12: YES Network’s Jack Curry On Covering The Yankees For TV And More!

Really excited about this week’s episode as I’m joined by someone who I’ve had on my radio show and whose work I’m a big fan of: YES Network in-studio analyst, reporter and contributor Jack Curry. For those who don’t know, Curry covered the Yankees for decades with the New York Times, then transitioned to TV full-time in 2010. We talk about that transition, especially as it relates to the trade deadline, along with a number of other topics; writing a book with Derek Jeter and now David Cone, the Jeter/Aaron Judge comparisons, a typical day’s itinerary and much more.

I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed recording it, and if you do, be sure to rate/review/subscribe wherever you’re finding us. Thanks and go Yankees!

Episode 11: Yankee Stadium Ballpark Pass, A Ridiculous Subway Series Hat And More

I’m flying solo this week on the podcast, our first since the All-Star Break, to talk about a number of items that popped up recently in Yankee Universe. The biggest is obviously the introduction of the “Ballpark Pass” for August at Yankee Stadium. I’ll break down what the monthly pass entails, how much it costs and whether it’s a smart purchase or not.

We wrap the episode with a couple of merchandise items: an OBJ/Yankee jersey update and the new (and almost as-ridiculous) Subway Series hat that New Era is selling and thankfully, the Yankees are not wearing on the field.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate/review/subscribe/tell your friends!

Episode 10: Former Yankees PR Director Rick Cerrone On The Boss, David Cone And Much More

A real treat for our tenth episode of the podcast as we’re joined by Rick Cerrone, who served as the Senior Director of Public Relations for the New York Yankees from 1996 to 2006. Saying a lot happened in that time would be a grave understatement: postseason baseball every year, six visits to the World Series and of course four championships – in addition to a couple of perfect games, a number of big free agent signings, the 9/11 attacks and much, much more. Cerrone, in what Sports Illustrated called “the hottest seat in sports,” had an all access pass to all of it.

We learned so much in our chat with Rick. For example, he attempted to give his resignation on three different occasions in 2003 (Mr. Steinbrenner never accepted it). Overall, he credits his great relationship with The Boss as the reason he stayed over a decade with the Yankees. Cerrone also holds the distinction of being a stand-in for the late Bob Sheppard; on a couple of occasions the legendary public address announcer was sidelined due to laryngitis and the PR Director stepped in.

We also talked about President George W. Bush’s first pitch in the 2001 World Series and heard a few stories surrounding David Cone’s perfect game, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Our conversation is a must-listen for any kind of Yankee or baseball fan.

By the way, Cerrone now serves as the Editor In Chief of Baseball Digest and the President of Rick Cerrone Communications.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate/review/subscribe wherever you’re listening from!

Episode 09: OBJ Update, Best Drinks In The Stadium And Sit In A Suite!

Covering a lot in this episode-and-a-half of the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast – thanks for waiting a little over a week. Guest-host Mike Isserlis is back and we update you on the Odell Beckham Jr. / Yankees jersey and relationship story – one which we really had the lead on last week. Then, we talk about the best deal for cocktails in the Stadium. Finally, have you always wanted to sit in a luxury suite at the ballpark? The charitable opportunity we stumbled across may be your best bet.

Thanks for listening and rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you get podcasts!

Episode 08: The Yankees Are Selling An OBJ Jersey And It’s Stupid

We’ll actually start episode number eight of the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast by talking about a beautiful throwback Mitchell and Ness Lou Gehrig jersey. The item was a birthday gift to our guest co-host, Mike Isserlis, who joins us for a third week. Sadly, we then move to the opposite end of the spectrum and talk about the ridiculous Odell Beckham Jr. (yes, the Giants wide receiver) Yankees home pinstripe jersey currently for sale on Fanatics’ website.

Also – want 50% off select Yankees tickets? We’ll share that tip as well in this edition. Thanks for listening, rating, reviewing and subscribing!

Episode 07: Citi Field All-You-Can-Eat, Putting Old Yankees Shirts To Use

The Yankees are home this weekend against the Rays for both Father’s Day and of course, Old Timers’ Day. However on episode 07, we rewind to last week’s series at Citi Field. Dan Taylor was one of the guys I went to Flushing with following the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to see the Yanks defeat the Mets, so we’ll give you a full review of the Porsche Grille (formerly Acela Club). The dining area sits in left field at the Mets’ park, and we’ll breakdown everything from the menu to the price point to the view (which is pictured on the blog).

Then, speaking of Old Timers’ Day, maybe you have a bunch of old Yankees shirts that you don’t wear but don’t want to throw away? A number of podcast listeners have used Project Repat to turn the clothing into a brand new blanket. Nathan Rothstein is one of the company’s co-founders and chats with us about how they started the company, what they do and how you can turn those unused shirts in to a cool quilt of almost any size for you or a loved one (Father’s Day next year?).

As always, thanks for listening and remember to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!