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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!
While he was there, Cone delivered a few thoughts on the state of the Yankees, who have been relatively quiet so far this offseason. Cone believes that the Yankees are very serious about the $189 million payroll target for the 2014 season, and as such, he seems to expect that there won’t be much moving and shaking on the free agent market for Brian Cashman and company this winter.
He probably has a point; the Yankees look much more inclined to try for one-year contracts, and reportedly never made an offer to also named the revamped Blue Jays as his favorite in the American League East. Here are some of the highlights from the group interview Cone conducted in the Great Hall; it’s good reading…
On what the Yankees need to do this winter:
“They’re a little hamstrung right now because of the payroll issue. Obviously they’re serious about that, they’re going to get under that threshold next year. They need the veteran pitchers to come back. They need [Hiroki] Kuroda and [Andy] Pettitte to say yes. That helps a lot. Then they can concentrate on replacing [Nick] Swisher, finding the right combination – whether it’s Ichiro [Suzuki], finding the right mix in that outfield. If Pettitte says no and Kuroda says no, that just leaves some gaping holes in the rotation, so then Cashman’s got more work to do. He’s already got a tough job this winter, but if he’s got rotation problems, it’s going to be that much more difficult.”
On the impact of the $189 million objective:
“It’s shaking up the free agent market, that’s for sure – not just this year, but a couple of years; probably since ’09 or ’08. A lot of agents are out there waiting for the Yankees to get back in the game and they’re not in the game. It may take a couple of more years. I think most people realize this is probably a one-year thing with the Yankees so they can reset the tax rate. If they get under one year then maybe the Yankees will be back in play again. Free agents do not need to apply here, as far as right now.”
On the mindset of the Yankees under Hal Steinbrenner:
“I think they’re hungry to win, but I think it’s a different philosophy. There are more metrics being used, more analysis on the back end. There’s definitely a different way of going about business. I still think the hunger to win is there. Obviously there’s a glitch in the road here with the payroll. They really do need to get under the threshold to reset the tax rate. They’re serious about it, there’s no doubt it’s going to happen, so for a year or two here they’re going to have to get creative.
“I’m sure revenue is an issue for them, but they make money on the YES Network. They have a lot of sources of revenue. Honestly, I think it’s more about the brand with them; protecting the brand. Winning is a big part of that, without a doubt. They really need to get creative in terms of their roster for a year or two, even though it’s hard to feel sorry for the Yankees at $189 million. No one is ever going to feel sorry for the Yankees. They do have some contracts that obviously they have to contend with.”
On the changing of the Yankees’ philosophy since George Steinbrenner:
“Definitely, the philosophy has changed. George, he would have been the one knocking on the door of some of these free agents. He would have been on Albert Pujols last year. He would’ve been in on some of the big free agents. That’s just not the case right now. Not to say that they won’t do that in the future, but they’re going to be very careful about which guys they choose, and how far out they go on long term deals.”
On if George Steinbrenner would have tried to get under $189 million:
“He probably would’ve. It’s hard to say. If there’s somebody like Albert Pujols out there, that’s the kind of guy George would’ve loved to have had here. It would’ve been interesting to see him resist somebody like him. George was a good businessman too, he would’ve got the numbers and understood it was a one-year thing and they just needed to reset for one year to get under the threshold, then they could go back again and be active.”
On the Yankees’ 2012 postseason:
“The fact that they were a little too one-dimensional with home runs hurt them, although Ichiro did give them a spark at the end. That’s why the fans reacted to Ichiro so strongly, he’s such a popular guy. Yankees fans loved the fact that he was here and gave them a different dimension. Maybe with [Brett] Gardner coming back, maybe they can get that dimension back. Two years ago they had it; [Curtis] Granderson actually ran the bases better two years ago along with Gardner. They weren’t quite as one dimensional two years ago as they were last year.”