Yankee Stadium

Episode 24: SeatGeek, New Bars, 5Ks, Rain Delays Oh My!

Yours truly flying solo for episode 24 with a plethora of information in an abbreviated episode. I’ll tell you what it was like in the ballpark Monday for the rain delay/postponement of the game (and how I knew they weren’t playing), my new go-to bar on River Ave., why I bought from SeatGeek the other night and much more!

Also – a quick chat about the fantastic Damon Runyon Cancer Research 5K in Yankee Stadium last weekend. I ran it again this year and had a blast while of course celebrating a great cause.

As always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing and let’s go Yankees!

Episode 23: Shaun Clancy, Owner Of Foley’s NY!

Any podcast that is taped in your favorite bar, interviewing the guy who owns the bar, while you’re drinking a pint from Bronx Brewery… is a good podcast!

Our string of fantastic guests continues this week with Shaun Clancy. He’s originally from Ireland, and opened Foley’s (18 West 33rd Street, between 5th/6th) 15 years ago. It’s billed as “An Irish Bar with a Baseball Attitude.” Named for sportswriter Red Foley, the establishment boasts one of baseball’s largest memorabilia collections outside of Cooperstown. There are 3900 signed balls in the bar, including one Clancy claims is his “holy grail” (listen to the podcast to find out the signature).

Fun fact: It’s also home to the “Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.” Clancy explains on the episode how that came to be.

Foley’s is a great place to watch any game, especially when the Yankees are on. It’s a great establishment, and you’ll learn why as you hear Shaun talk about his vision for the business, why he recognizes the unsung heroes of baseball and his inspiration behind all of the charity work done at the bar.

Foley’s is open 11a-2a daily and the kitchen stays open relatively late most nights. Find them on social media @FoleyNY and if you pop in, find Shaun and say hello.

And as always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing!

Episode 22: Rick Cerrone On Baseball Digest And Great Yankee Stories

In between a story or two about me spending 24 hours in Las Vegas this week, we welcome BACK on to the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast Rick Cerrone. Rick’s career in sports and media spans over four decades. He currently serves as the Editor-In-Chief for the legendary publication Baseball Digest.

Ed note: We taped this last week; the new edition that we speak of in this week’s episode is available now!

Of course, Rick also served as the Senior Director of Media Relations for the New York Yankees from 1996-2006. He shares a few stories from those days, including working with Derek Jeter, assisting in the planning of new Yankee Stadium and a few celebrities/public figures he encountered during his time in the Bronx.

As always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing!

Episode 21: Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo!

Fair warning: this may be my favorite episode yet.

Award-winning sports talk personality Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo joins our podcast. Doggie called in from his office in Manhattan before hosting “High Heat” on MLB Network and “Mad Dog Unleashed” on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio to chat about New Yankee Stadium versus the old House That Ruth Built. There was a specific reason why we brought up the question; it in part plays in to our 10th anniversary content around the new Stadium. But, there was also another reason, which we mentioned to Russo at the beginning of our chat.

The “Mad Dog” also chatted about some of his favorite ballparks in baseball and MLB allowing him creative freedom for his daily program.

You can catch that program, “High Heat With Christopher Russo” weekdays at 1 pm EST. “Mad Dog Unleashed” airs weekdays at 3 pm EST on SiriusXM.

Thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing. A special thanks to MLB Network for coordinating this guest spot – good job ‘outta them!

Episode 20: Mark Lobel On The Lobel’s USDA Prime Steak Sandwich

Can you believe New Yankee Stadium opened 10 years ago? We’ll be looking back on the new Stadium throughout the course of this season. For starters, the ballpark ushered in a new era of Stadium food (#YankeeStadiYUM). And when you talk about the food offerings in the venue, you simply have to begin and end with the iconic Lobel’s USDA Prime Steak Sandwich.

In this episode, we speak with Mark Lobel, co-owner of Lobel’s, about the family business, the partnership with both the Yankees and Legends Hospitality, future menu offerings and much, much more.

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

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 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 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!