The offseason is officially underway for the Yankees, who checked off an important piece of business on Friday, finalizing a three-year contract extension with Brian Cashman to serve as the club’s senior vice president and general manager.
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner recently stated that the organization was in discussions about an extension with Cashman, 47, who has served as the Yankees’ GM since February 1998.
Cashman’s return is the first domino to fall in what promises to be a busy winter for the Yankees, who missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season in 2014, winning 84 games to finish in second place in the American League East.
Steinbrenner has said that the Yankees will pursue a shortstop to replace retired captain Derek Jeter and are in need of a starting pitcher, with right-hander Ivan Nova recovering from Tommy John surgery and not expected to be ready to start the season. The Yankees also need to address the situation of closer David Robertson, who is set to file for free agency.
In evaluating Cashman’s construction of the 2014 roster, Steinbrenner stood by the signings of free agents Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, stating that he approved those deals and believes they will work out in the future.
Steinbrenner also has noted that Cashman was able to rebuild the Yankees on the fly in midseason after several injuries, triggering deals to import Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado and Chase Headley, among others.
Cashman joined the Yankees organization in 1986 as a 19-year-old intern in the club’s Minor League and scouting department. As general manager, his clubs have made the postseason in 14 of 17 seasons, claiming 12 division titles, six American League championships and four World Series titles.
He is the third-longest tenured general manager in the game, behind the Giants’ Brian Sabean and the A’s Billy Beane, and Cashman is the longest-serving Yankees GM since Hall of Famer Ed Barrow led the team from October 28, 1920, to February 20, 1945.
A Monument Park plaque dedication honoring Rich “Goose” Gossage will highlight the June 22 Old-Timers’ Day festivities at Yankee Stadium, and nearly 50 former Yankees are scheduled to be in attendance, the team announced on Tuesday.
Gossage’s plaque will recognize his Hall of Fame career and will be unveiled one day after the Yankees celebrate the career of slugging first baseman Tino Martinez, who will have a Monument Park plaque installed on June 21.
Gossage was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and played in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees (1978-83, ’89), winning a World Series with the team in 1978.
Martinez, who played in seven seasons with New York (1996-2001, ’05), and helped to lead the team to four World Series victories during that time (1996, ’98-2000), will also be in attendance for Old-Timers’ Day.
In addition to Gossage, the Old-Timers are headlined by Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson, as well as Joe Torre, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July.
Current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also participate.
Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who won a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009, will make their Old-Timers’ Day debuts along with John “The Count” Montefusco, who helped the club produce three seasons of at least 90 wins from 1983-86.
Joining the Hall-of-Famers and former Yankees on the baselines will be the widows of six legendary Yankees -Maggie Coleman, widow of Jerry Coleman; Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.
Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow, both of which will be aired on the YES Network. The Yankees will then host the Orioles at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. Gates will open to ticket-holding guests at 10:00 a.m. and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:15 a.m. for the festivities.
The plaques for Martinez and Gossage mark the first stage of this year’s announced Monument Park additions. O’Neill’s ceremony will take place on Aug. 9, and Torre will take his place in Monument Park on Aug. 23, with his uniform No. 6 set to be retired.
List of those Scheduled to Attend
(*Denotes First-Time Old-Timer)
Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Brian Boehringer, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Maggie Coleman (Widow), David Cone, Johnny Damon*, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Jake Gibbs, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Orlando Hernandez, Arlene Howard (Widow), Helen Hunter (Widow), Reggie Jackson, Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin (Widow), Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui*, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Michael, Gene Monahan (Trainer), John Montefusco*, Diana Munson (Widow), Kay Murcer (Widow), Jeff Nelson, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Andy Phillips, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Joe Torre, David Wells, Roy White
Chicken and waffles cart in the Great Hall? Yes, please. Here’s the full release from the Yankees:
MARCH 26, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YANKEES TO INTRODUCE NEW AMENITIES AND FOOD OPTIONS AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014;
DINING OPTIONS AND FAN-FRIENDLY PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED
The New York Yankees announced today that they will offer guests numerous new amenities, seating and food options in 2014 as part of the club’s efforts to continually improve the fan experience at Yankee Stadium. Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.yankees.com for more information on what Yankee Stadium has to offer.
NEW AND RENOVATED STADIUM LOCATIONS IN 2014 will include:
· Field MVP Outdoor Suite Boxes: The Yankees are proud to introduce a new concept in professional baseball seating. The 10 open-air suite boxes are located on the Field Level concourse and can accommodate between six and eight guests per suite. Catered food and staff service are provided in these suites, which are available on a full-season basis.
· Field MVP Club Lounge: Full-season ticket licensees in Sections 116 through 124 (Rows 12-21) will have access to this newly constructed lounge, which is located on the Field Level concourse. With a 45-foot bar and a full menu, this space will open each game at the same time that Stadium gates are opened to fans.
· Yankee Stadium Home Plate Team Store: Located on the Field Level behind home plate, this store, which is the largest apparel and merchandise location in the Stadium, has been completely renovated to provide additional checkout locations and display areas and an improved shopping experience.
· Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar: Located outside the Delta SKY360° Suite in between the 100 and 200 Levels, this space has been redesigned to incorporate couches and lounge seating for the enjoyment of all fans. New specialty drinks, including a classic citrus mojito, hibiscus lime cooler and baja margarita, have been added to the menu.
· Jim Beam Suite Lounge: One of the Stadium’s most popular locations has been renovated with an updated interior and improved food offerings, including Red Stag Glazed BBQ Wings. Guests who don’t want to miss any on-field action may purchase made-to-order, 3-minute pizzas. Located on the 300 Level, guests with Jim Beam Suite Lounge tickets may access this location.
Fans interested in learning more about the locations above can call the Yankees Premium Sales and Service Department at (718) 508-3955, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.yankees.com/premium. Fans may also call 212-YANKEES — [212-926-5337].
NEW FOOD AND DRINK ITEMS AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014 will include:
· Chicken and Waffles Cart located in the Great Hall at Gate 6.
· Tacos and Empanadas Cart located at Section 321.
· Sweetfrog Frozen Yogurt Stand located at Section 224.
· Papa John’s Pizza is now a proud sponsor of the Yankees, with locations on all levels of Yankee Stadium.
· Build Your Own Nachos, including the “Nacho Helmet” is available at Wholly Guacamole portable stands on the 200 and 300 Levels and in the Bleachers. Fans may pick their toppings in a regular-sized order of nachos or have an official plastic replica Yankees helmet filled with 12 ounces of nacho chips with their choice of toppings added.
· Unlimited Popcorn Bucket allows fans all the popcorn they care to eat for $12 in a souvenir bucket. Sold in various locations throughout the Stadium.
· Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger and Coconut Rum Glazed BBQ Smoked Ribs will be available at the Malibu Rooftop Deck on the 300 Level in right field. This area is open to all fans.
· Fresh-Cut Fries features a platter full of fried potatoes, cut-and-fried as you order.
· Made-to-Order, 3-Minute Pizzas will feature five different toppings. They will be available in the Jim Beam Suite Lounge and Delta SKY360° Suite.
· Red Stag Glazed BBQ Wings will be available at the Jim Beam Suite Lounge.
· Specialty Drinks Menu has been added to the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, which is located in between the 100 and 200 Levels near the home plate team store. Drinks will include a classic citrus mojito, hibiscus lime cooler and baja margarita.
DINING AND DRINKING LOCATIONS AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014 include*:
· NYY Steak Yankee Stadium, located at Gate 6, offers an upscale dining experience, including dry-aged USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood and an impressive collection of premium wines. Reservations are strongly suggested. Please call (646) 977-8325.
· Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is located behind the glass of the center field batter’s eye. Sandwiches and drinks are available in an indoor setting that provides one of the most unique vantage points in sports (Requires Mohegan Sun ticket or club membership).
· Malibu Rooftop Deck, located adjacent to Section 310, features a view of the Manhattan skyline and offers a fun setting for individuals or groups to socialize and eat before the game. Malibu Rooftop Deck tickets includes all-you-care-to-eat baseball fare and non-alcoholic drinks for 90 minutes, ending 30 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. Beginning 30 minutes prior to first pitch, all fans may purchase a la carte items at this location.
· Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, located in between the 100 and 200 Levels adjacent to the escalators by the Home Plate Team Store, features a revamped drinks menu and lounge seating with a view of the site of the original Yankee Stadium.
· Field MVP Club Lounge, located on the 100 Level by Gate 4, has a 45-foot bar and a gourmet pub menu (Requires a full-season ticket license in Sections 116 through 124 in Rows 12-21 or a Field MVP Outdoor Suite Box ticket).
· Peeps Mini Picnic Area is a popular area for group events and is located at Gate 2.
· Legends Suite Club offers the Stadium’s premier dining experience. Located at Gate 4, this space can be accessed only by Legends Suite ticket holders.
· Delta SKY360° Suite is located at Sections 218A through 222. This expansive lounge is climate-controlled with gourmet food, an outdoor patio and breathtaking views of the field. (Requires a Delta SKY360° Suite ticket).
· Jim Beam Suite Lounge is located on the 300 Level behind home plate and features delicious pub food in an indoor setting (requires Jim Beam Suite ticket).
· Audi Club, located on the SAP Suite Level in left field, features a cocktail bar, dining lounge and a sweeping view of the field (Requires Audi Club ticket or club membership).
· DKNY Lounge and Ketel One Lounge are located at Section 27 and Section 11, respectively. They offer unlimited gourmet grab-and-go baseball fare for Legends and Champions Suite ticket holders only.
· Hard Rock Cafe is located at Gate 6 and open to fans year-round. Reservations can be made at (646) 977-8888.
*(Please note that with the exception of the Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium, entry to all dining locations requires a valid ticket for that day’s game.)
MASTERCARD BENEFITS IN YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014 (benefits below are available only when using your MasterCard):
· MasterCard Deal of the Game: Daily discounts on select concessions and/or merchandise will be announced prior to and during each home game on the centerfield video board.
· $60 for $50: Buy a $50 Legends Hospitality merchandise gift card (for use at all Yankee Stadium merchandise stores and portable stands) and have $10 added compliments of MasterCard.
· MasterCard Family Meal Deal: Receive a free liter of a Pepsi product with the purchase of a value bucket of sandwiches and fries at select concessions stands in the Stadium. New to this option in 2014 is the pulled pork or pulled chicken Sliders & Fries Bucket.
· MasterCard Meal Combo: Save money by purchasing a Combo Meal instead of a la carte items at select concessions stands throughout the Stadium.
· MasterCard Preferred Pricing: Save up to $15 off each ticket when purchasing select 2014 regular season individual game tickets.
· MasterCard Mondays: Every Monday during the 2014 regular season, all yankees.com subscribers will receive a newsletter with ticket discounts compliments of MasterCard.
· MasterCard $5 Games: Select 2014 regular season individual game tickets in eligible areas of the Terrace, Grandstand and Bleachers will be available for $5 per ticket, subject to availability. (At present, dates include: April 9 vs. Baltimore, April 29 vs. Seattle, April 30 vs. Seattle, May 1 vs. Seattle, June 3 vs. Oakland and June 17 vs. Toronto).
· MasterCard Half-Price Games: Select 2014 regular season individual game tickets in eligible areas of the Terrace, Grandstand and Bleachers will be available for 50 percent off their game-day price, subject to availability. (At present, dates include June 4 vs. Oakland, July 24 vs. Texas, August 7 vs. Detroit, August 21 vs. Houston and September 24 vs. Baltimore.)
· MasterCard TBA Games: For select games with a start time of TBA during the 2014 season, fans can purchase tickets in select areas at up to 25 percent savings. Tickets for MasterCard TBA Games must be purchased in advance of the official game time announcement for the game. (At present, dates include: June 29 vs. Boston, August 10 vs. Cleveland and August 24 vs. Chicago-AL.)
For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Fans with questions may call 212-YANKEES — [212-926-5337] — or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.
CONCESSION OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ALL FANS AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014 include:
o Bazzini Nuts (Great Hall at Gate 6)
o Boar’s Head Sandwiches (Sects. 113, 221B)
o Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (Sects. 133, 201, 214, 320A)
o Carl’s Steaks, featuring cheesesteaks (Sects. 107, 223, 311)
o Cocktails (Sects. 110, 126, 206, 323)
o Dippin’ Dots (Sects. 125, 228, 323)
o Farmers Market presented by Melissa’s (Sect. 121B)
o Fresh-Cut Fries (Sect. 127)
o Garlic Fries (Sects. 108, 206, 331)
o Hebrew National hot dogs (Great Hall at Gate 6 and Sects. 107, 129, 202, 204, 214B, 236, 312, 329)
o Highlanders Baseball Fare, including hot dogs, pretzels and Pepsi products (Sects. 111, 233A, 305, 311, 318, 325 and Bleachers)
o Johnny Rockets (Sects. 132, 212, 326 and Bleachers)
o Kosher Options (Sects. 110, 214, 229, 322, Sunday through Friday afternoon only)
o Lemonade, fresh-squeezed (Sects. 117B, 124, 215, 227A, 317, 324)
o Lobel’s of New York, feat. gourmet steak sandwiches (Sects. 134, 321)
o NY Grill, featuring Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Premio Sausages (Sects. 121B, 211, 221B, 227B, 230, 308, 318, 321, 334)
o NY Grill Gluten Free, featuring items above plus Udi’s Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns (Great Hall at Gate 6)
o NYY Steak Express, feat. USDA prime steak sandwiches (Sect. 109)
o Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs (Sects. 127A, 225, 313)
o Noodle Bowl, featuring Asian noodle dishes (Sect. 127B)
o Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (Sects. 125, 233 and Bleachers)
o Papa John’s pizza (Sects. 125, 212, 309 and Bleachers)
o Parm, featuring hot Italian sandwiches (Sect. 104)
o Premio Sausage (Sects. 217, 320A)
o Popcorn (Great Hall & Sects. 107, 130, 202, 210, 229, 307, 327)
o Pretzels by New York Pretzel (Located throughout the Stadium)
o Sushi (Sect. 127A)
o Triple Play Grill, feat. sliders and fries (Sects. 116, 205, 321, 334)
o Turkey Hill Ice Cream (Sects. 112, 126, 207, 224, 313, 319, 324 and Bleachers)
o Wholly Guacamole, featuring “Build Your Own Nachos” (Sects. 233A, 314, 327 and Bleachers)
o Wings, featuring chicken wings (Sect. 109)
BEER/ALCOHOLIC DRINK LOCATIONS IN YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014 include:
o Beer Stands – Domestic (Sects. 106, 117A, 130, 205, 215, 216, 224, 229, 232B, 234, 307, 318, 323, 330, 332B)
o Beers of the World (Sects. 110, 134, 204, 206, 226, 233A, 237, 238, 315, 320C, 331)
o Blue Moon/Leinenkugel Beer Stand (Sects. 109, 314)
o Budweiser Beer Stands (Sects. 105, 117B, 121B, 127A, 202, 204, 235, 239, 308, 315, 328, 332A)
o Coors Light Beer Stand (Sect. 231)
o Goose Island Beer Stand (Great Hall and in the Bleachers at Section 239)
o Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is located behind the glass of the center field batter’s eye. Beers and mixed drinks are available.
o Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, located in between the 100 and 200 Levels off the escalators by the home plate team store, features a revamped specialty drinks menu and lounge seating.
BEERS AVAILABLE AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014:
Draft beers include: Budweiser, Bud Light, Batch 19, Becks, Blue Moon, Blue Moon Seasonal, Coors Light, Corona Light, Dos Equis, Goose Island, Goose Island 312, Goose Island Honkers, Guinness, Heineken, Heineken Light, Hoegaarden, Kirin Ichiban, Leinenkugel, Miller Lite, Modelo, Newcastle, Redds Apple Ale, Shock Top, Smithwick’s, Stella Artois and Yuengling.
Glass-bottled beers include: Bud Black Crown, Bud Light Lime, Bud Light Platinum, Amstel, Becks, Blue Moon, Coors Light, Corona Light, Dos Equis, Guinness Black Lager, Heineken, Heineken Light, Hoegaarden, Magic Hat #9, Miller Lite, O’Doul’s, Presidente, Red Bridge, Stella Artois and Yuengling.
Can beers include: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Lime-A-Rita, Bud Mango-Rita, Leinenkugel, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, O’Doul’s, Redds Apple Ale, Shock Top, Shock Top Apple, Shock Top Lemonade, Stella Artois and Yuengling.
Plastic-bottled beers include: Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.
Now there are three guarantees for the Yankees rotation, as Hiroki Kuroda has joined CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Kuroda’s contract is for one year and $16 million, representing a $1 million raise over last year’s salary.
Here’s the Yankees’ official press release.
The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year Major League contract, extending through the 2014 season.
Kuroda, 38, went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA (201.1IP, 74ER) in 32 starts with the Yankees in 2013. He made nine scoreless starts, the most such starts among all American League pitchers and second-most in the Majors behind only the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (10).
Kuroda is one of just four American League starters to post sub-3.33 ERAs in each of the last two seasons (3.31 in 2013 and 3.32 in ’12), joining the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the White Sox’ Chris Sale and the Angels’ Jered Weaver. Since joining the Yankees prior to the 2012 season, he has tossed at least 7.0 scoreless innings in 14 of his starts, tied with Kershaw for most in the Majors over the two-year stretch.
Prior to joining the Yankees in 2012, Kuroda spent his previous four seasons with Los Angeles-NL (2008-11), going 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA (699.0IP, 268ER) in 115 games (114 starts). Among pitchers who changed leagues during the 2011-12 offseason, his 16 wins in 2012 were tied with the Pirates’ A.J. Burnett for second-most in the Majors behind only Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (21).
A native of Osaka, Japan, Kuroda became the fourth Japan-born player and third such pitcher to appear in a Major League game for the Yankees, joining outfielder Hideki Matsui (2003-09), left-handed pitcher Kei Igawa (2007-08) and right-handed pitcher Hideki Irabu (1997-99). Since Kuroda’s Yankees debut, right-handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi (2012) and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2012-13) have also played for the club.
Over his six Major League seasons, Kuroda has gone 68-70 with a 3.40 ERA (1,120.0IP, 423ER) in 180 career appearances (179 starts). He has made at least 30 starts and tossed more than 180.0 innings in five of his Major League campaigns (all but his injury-shortened 2009 season).
Among all Japan-born pitchers ever to play in the Major Leagues, his 3.42 career ERA is the lowest all-time among pitchers who have made 75-or-more career starts or pitched at least 500.0 innings, while his 68 wins and 840 strikeouts trail only Hideo Nomo’s career totals of 123 wins and 1,918 strikeouts.
Originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on December 18, 2007, Kuroda spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) pitching for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League. In 271 appearances (244 starts) for the Carp, he went 103-89 with a 3.69 ERA (1,700.1IP, 697ER).
Fan favorite and current YES Network broadcaster David Cone will be “pitching” in to help a good cause on Sat., May 18, when he slides behind the bar at Foley’s NY Restaurant and Pub for “A Perfect Evening With David Cone.”
Cone will be pouring beverages and signing autographs to benefit the YAI Network (www.yai.org – an inaugural Yankees HOPE Week honoree) and their Manhattan Day Hab facility from 7-9 p.m. ET. There is no cover charge.
All money raised from autograph, auction and raffle sales, plus half of the proceeds from the bar, will be donated to YAI’s efforts in “seeing beyond disability”: to ensure that men, women and children with developmental and learning disabilities have access to the support and services that they need to live productive, independent, and healthy lives.
Foley’s NY is located at 18 West 33rd Street in New York, opposite the Empire State Building.
Autographs will be available for a charitable donation of $20 each. There will also be a limited number of 8×10 photographs available for sale at a price of $5, representing Cone’s July 18, 1999 Yankees perfect game as well as his years across town with the Mets.
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In addition to Cone’s appearance, there is a terrific raffle and several exciting surprises on deck for the event. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each (with a special deal of three for $20), and we can now reveal some of the great prizes that people will be bringing home from Foley’s NY on Saturday night:
- Autographed Joe Girardi Major League Baseball (donated by the New York Yankees)
- Autographed Matt Harvey Major League Baseball (donated by the New York Mets)
- “The Ultimate Bleacher Creature Experience” – two tickets to a Yankees home game, two t-shirts and the chance to lead ‘Roll Call’ (donated by “Bald Vinny” Milano and the Bleacher Creatures)
- Two tickets for a Hornblower Manhattan cruise (donated by Hornblower Cruises & Events)
- Two tickets to a New York Mets home game (donated by MLB.com)
- Michael Kay “CenterStage” Package: Four tickets to an episode taping, officially licensed show mugs and a Michael Kay autograph (donated by the YES Network)
- One-year subscription to Yankees Magazine and a 2013 Yankees yearbook (donated by Yankees Publications)
- Waterford Crystal New York Yankees cap
- “It Ain’t Over” Gift Package – Includes family membership to the Yogi Berra Museum, free admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Brian Doyle and Don Mattingly autographed baseballs and more!
(donated by the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center)
Plus, two lucky patrons will have the opportunity to bring home these great big-ticket items:
- Legendary New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera autographed Louisville Slugger bat (How rare is this? Usually he’s seen breaking these)
- Four tickets to a New York Mets home game, including passes to watch batting practice on the field (generously donated by the New York Mets)
We’ll be able to reveal more great items later in the week, and I want to thank Shaun Clancy at Foley’s NY and all of the wonderful people who have helped make this event a reality over the last several months.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to assist in bringing Cone and the YAI group together with Foley’s for this great event, and I’m looking forward to having some fun for a great cause. I hope we’ll see you there on Saturday night!