Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. issued a letter to MLB, Nike and the Yankees’ front office last week after he learned of a stipulation in the new Nike/MLB apparel deal that could severely impact small businesses on River Ave. BP Diaz Jr. calls in to the podcast this week to explain his letter, respond to the Yankees’ letter and reveal his hopes for both the outcome and the team’s relationship with the borough.
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In this episode — guest co-host Tony Restaino and I chat about our trip this past August to Los Angeles for the Yankees/Dodgers series. We’ll give you flight, hotel and ticket tips plus much more!
So excited for the second-half of what is shaping up to be a special season in Yankees Universe. We return from the All-Star break by first letting you know where you can buy the now sold-out Yankees short-sleeve hoodie that the players and manager have been wearing as the temperatures warmed up.
Then we move to our guest this week – it’s his first time on but he’s no stranger to the podcast as we’ve mentioned him a number of times and he’s a regular listener. Eric Lipkind has been a Yankee season ticket holder for 24 years. We’ll find out the benefits of that, plus his thoughts on attending the London Series.
As always, thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you found us. It means the world!
Well, this is a rather interesting episode. I spent the weekend (and the better part of Tuesday night/Wednesday) hosting social media content for Mohegan Sun, the awesome resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. On Saturday, Mohegan Sun opened “novelle,” a new supper club/hip spot to eat and drink. I hosted the live red carpet broadcast on the resort’s Facebook page. The big guest of honor was Khloe Kardashian. However, a number of other celebrities were in attendance as well, including former Yankee stars Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens.
You’ll hear from both “Johnny Rocket” and “Rocket” plus the super-talented singer Ciara. I know, you’re scratching your head as to why she would be included. Here’s a hint: she may have been at a Yankee win the night before. Here’s another: you may know her husband as both a Super Bowl-winning Quarterback and a Yankee minor league player.
A huge thank you to Mohegan Sun for not only having me but for allowing me to use this audio for the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast. And of course, thanks to you for rating/reviewing/subscribing and listening!
We start off episode 27 by filling you in on where I’ve been (specifically, inside some parts of Yankee Stadium that previously I hadn’t seen), offering our prayers to David Ortiz for his recovery and talking about a few recent Yankee hats I’ve purchased/received.
Then, it’s on to the main attraction on this week’s show: YES Network analyst Jack Curry. Of course, Jack co-authored “Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher” with David Cone. Jack and I talk about the book’s creation and some of its more interesting chapters.
By the way, I bought the book and highly recommend it. I’ll tell you why in this episode.
And as always, thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you found us!
Yankees Universe was a bit up-in-arms over recent light-hearted comments from TV host, comedian and Mets fan John Oliver during a recent Mets game on PIX11. We’ll run back those comments, plus explain Oliver’s recent history with the Yankees (and yours truly) in this episode.
Also, I sold a ticket on the Gametime app for the first time this past weekend – we’ll chat about that and some of the new merchandise hitting the field over the next few weeks.
Finally – a few thoughts this week on the Fanatics acquisition of Steiner Sports’ inventory and what it means for Yankee collectors moving forward.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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!