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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 19: StubHub Ticket Floors, ‘New York, New York’

In Episode 19 of Season 2 we first discuss the “ticket floors” that the Yankees set with StubHub – these are minimums that different tickets can be sold for. It’s good to know so that you’re not waiting for a ticket to drop to a price that it simply can’t; it’s also good to know so that you can plot the best value for your budget.

Also, we’ll talk about “New York, New York” – as in the song. I’ll give a little background on its relationship with Yankee Stadium and a surprise guest will talk about it and perhaps more specifically, the drama surrounding it last postseason.

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

Episode 18: Gary Sheffield Plus The Labrum Explainer

In the second episode of Season 2, we chat with Jimmy McKay, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and host of the wildly-popular PT Pintcast. With Miguel Andujar heading to the IL (no longer DL, we chat about that too) due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder, McKay breaks down not only the labrum’s function but also why these types of injuries may be more prevalent than you think among baseball players.

Then, you’ll hear from former Yankees’ outfielder Gary Sheffield. I caught up with Sheff in the Dominican Republic at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic.  Sheffield and I talked about facing Big Papi, The Rivalry, his transition to TV and much more.

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

Episode 17: We’re Back… With Giancarlo Stanton!

Following the Yankees unceremonious exit at the hands of that team from New England… it was a long, long offseason.

If you can believe it, the wait for a new Pinstripe Lanes Podcast was even longer.

Opening Day is less than 24 hours away, and Season 2 of the PLP begins now. Our guest? Just a couple of minutes with Giancarlo Stanton! Plus I’ll explain where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to… kinda.

Thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing/sticking with the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast and Let’s Go Yankees!

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!