03/13/10 12:04 PM EST
Yankees '09 commemoratives available
New books feature never-before-seen photos of title run
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The fruits of their efforts are now available in the form of two collectible publications, the hard-cover "Twenty-Seven: The Official Yankees World Series Championship Commemorative" and the soft-cover "Yankees Magazine -- World Series Commemorative."
The books provide a breakdown of the Yankees' title run, with more than 75 never-before-seen photographs and a lengthy introduction by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"He really crafted it himself," said Al Santasiere, the Yankees' director of publications. "He takes you through the whole season, from the struggles in the beginning to Atlanta, where things turned around. He talks about the psyche of the team at that point and how they rolled from the All-Star Game through the postseason."
Both books provide game-by-game recaps, as well as photographs from each postseason game. The staff had three photographers stationed in different places throughout the stadiums, provided access that others did not enjoy to capture different angles.
Santasiere said that the writers traveled with the team throughout the postseason and were able to watch the Yankees' confidence grow up close in October and November, going from their American League Division Series sweep of the Twins to the victory in the six-game AL Championship Series against the Angels.
The World Series win over the Phillies was obviously memorable in so many ways, taking place on a national stage under the brightest of lights, but Santasiere said that the books are also able to capture the smaller moments that were overlooked at the time.
"We beat the Twins and had an early flight the next morning," Santasiere said. "Guys were walking from the bus to the plane, and there was a snowstorm in Minnesota. Guys were throwing snowballs at each other, and they were really loose. It takes you behind the scenes of that playoff run."
In addition to the striking photo art, the books feature a lengthy season-in-review piece, as well as stories focusing on the "Core Four" of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, plus detailed looks into the seasons of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Alex Rodriguez, among others.
The content concludes with a history of celebratory parades in New York City, highlighted by exclusive photos of that crisp November morning on the Canyon of Heroes, and a peek behind the scenes of the making of the World Series trophy that the Yankees proudly hoisted after the final out of Game 6.
"Twenty-Seven" retails for $25 and "Yankees Magazine -- World Series Commemorative" retails for $14.95. Both are available online at yankees.com/publications.
"It's something that you can keep for the rest of your life," Santasiere said. "It's something that is really symbolic of the memory of 2009, which is so special for so many people. It's a real classy piece to have to remember the season. I think there's really something in there for everybody."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.