Celebrating with Pride
The Yankees invited fans to Yankee Stadium to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! During the month of September, fans came and joined their team in recognition of this special month!
Friday, August 31
Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off when gates opened at 4:00 p.m. with a set from La Mega 97.9 FM host DJ Kazzanova, who was the guest DJ for the Yankees Batting Practice Block Party taking place that night. He was immediately followed by salsa artist Frankie Negron, who performed for fans on the Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck. Negron has garnered numerous plaudits, including two Premio Lo Nuestro Awards for "Song of the Year" and multiple Grammy and Billboard Award nominations. Both DJ Kazzanova and Negron were available for interviews and photos. Later that evening the New York Yankees Foundation continued their support for the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, which assists young Hispanic women in their pursuit of higher education, by awarding scholarships to five recipients during a ceremony prior to the Yankees' 7:05 p.m. game vs. Detroit.
Sunday, September 2
In a ceremony prior to the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game vs. Detroit, the Yankees recognized the "Cyclones" team from the Bronx-based International Baseball Little League, who recently won the New York Baseball Fever Under-12 baseball tournament.
Friday, September 14
La Mega 97.9 FM's weekday morning host DJ Aneudy played a set for the crowd prior to the Yankees' 7:05 p.m. game vs. Toronto. At the Pepsi Food Court in Section 126, free dance classes presented by Alianza Dominicana were held for fans in attendance. Additionally, Yankees players wore a "Ponle Acento" T-shirt during batting practice in support of MLB's league-wide initiative.
Saturday, September 15
Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees - in partnership with the New York Emperors Stickball League (NYESL) and the 161st Street Business Improvement District - hosted a "PLAY BALL: Stickball" event on River Avenue between 158th and 161st Streets featuring youth participants from the New York Emperors Stickball League and other local youth organizations. Additionally, prior to the Yankees' 4:05 p.m. game vs. Toronto, the Yankees' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award (to be revealed on September 4) was honored for his contributions to the community.
Sunday, September 16
In a ceremony prior to the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game vs. Toronto, the Yankees presented their Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards to individuals and organizations who have made a profound difference in the lives of others. Winners this year are: Elizabeth Lagos (business); Melissa Salguero (arts); "Part of the Solution" (social responsibility); and Lang Youth Medical Program (education).
Monday, September 17
The Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) - under the Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Framework - provided a financial education workshop to a group of Bronx middle school students selected by the New York City Department of Education. HOLA's mission is to support financial wellness in the community and promote economic and social growth. The Yankees were proud to host this event at Yankee Stadium.
Friday, September 21
Prior to the Yankees' 7:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore, Toby Love, an American singer and songwriter from the Bronx, performed at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck. Love was originally a backup singer for the bachata band Aventura before beginning his solo career. In 2008, he received four Billboard Latin Music Awards nominations, winning in two categories.
Saturday, September 22
The second "PLAY BALL: Stickball" event took place on the streets just outside of Yankee Stadium with the winners of the championship final rounds recognized in a ceremony prior to the Yankees' 4:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore.
Sunday, September 23
Winners of the yankeesbeisbol.com ticket sweepstakes attended the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore.
Yankee Stadium's food service provider, Legends Hospitality, offered two new items throughout September. "Fiesta de Leche," a Latin-inspired shake that includes tres leches cake, condensed milk, cinnamon and horchata, rimmed with puffed rice and topped by a churro, could be found in Section 112. Additionally, tostones sliders were available at Frank's RedHot Terrace in the Bleachers.