The Yankees proudly celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month during August and September by highlighting, recognizing and embracing Hispanic heritage, language, culture and traditions.
The New York Yankees are committed to supporting and highlighting diversity in our communities.
2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade’s efforts to serve and cultivate Latin culture and traditions in the Bronx community. The Yankees were proud to once again participate in the scholarship program by providing 10 scholarships to local students selected by the Bronx Dominican Day Parade. The scholarship is intended to acknowledge the students’ hard work, dedication and contributions to the community. The scholars were recognized during an on-field pregame ceremony on July 30, 2019, and were also invited to attend that evening’s game with their families and friends.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade was established to create awareness and empower the Puerto Rican community by promoting culture, education, scholarships and civic engagement. The Yankees extended their educational outreach efforts by providing scholarships to seven students who exemplified the values of hard work and dedication in their communities. The students selected by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, along with members of the Education Committee, were recognized in an on-field pregame ceremony on May 28, 2019, and were invited to watch that evening’s game with their families and friends.
Yankee Stadium's food service provider, Legends Hospitality, featured 3 special items:
"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.
Rumba Shake,” a Latin-inspired vanilla milkshake that includes guava puree, caramel sauce, New York cheesecake, and whipped cream, rimmed with toasted coconut and topped by a dedito de guayaba (a yucca pastry stuffed with white cheese and guava).
Colombian Empanadas (chicken or beef) served with an ají sauce made of garlic, cilantro and jalapeño.
In 2020, Rickie Ricardo will begin his seventh season as the New York Yankees' Spanish language play-by-play announcer. Prior to joining the Yankees' WADO broadcast team, Ricardo spent 7 years in the same role for Philadelphia Phillies, broadcasting their World Series win in 2008 and postseason run in 2009. A 1980 graduate from the New York School of Broadcasting, Ricardo currently resides in West New York, N.J.
Since 1995, Francisco Rivera has been involved in baseball as a color commentator and play-by-play announcer, including 14 years in the Yankees' broadcast booth. A native of Morovis, Puerto Rico, he covered the Philadelphia Phillies for "Radio Tropical" from 1995 to 1998 and worked the American League Championship Series in 2003 and 2004 for WADO. Rivera received his bachelor's degree in Spanish literature from Rutgers University and graduated from the Cambridge University-affiliated Miguel Angel Torres School of Communications in Manhattan in 1978.