This release from the Yankees:
September 22, 2008, New York, NY — The New York Yankees announced today they will donate $1,000,000 in support of the Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
Doing their part to help rebuild the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, the Yankeesâ€™ $1,000,000 donation will be spilt between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The money will go directly to the support and assistance of all the community-based organizations along the Gulf Coast, especially in Louisiana and Texas.
The New York Yankees try and help those in need, said New York Yankees Co-Chairperson Hal Steinbrenner. â€œWe are confident that both the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are postioned to get the funds to those in need. Natural disasters like these have an effect on the entire nation, and it is up to everyone to join together and do their part to help rebuild and revitalize the affected communities. We hope that our efforts will help spur on more action and support to the cause.â€
This from YES:
NEW YORK, September 22, 2008 â€“ The YES Networkâ€™s special pre-game show in advance of last nightâ€™s Yankee Stadium finale was seen by nearly 1 million viewers (986,000 total viewers) between 8:15-8:30 pm, with the entire show (6:00-8:30 pm) averaging more than a half-million viewers (558,000 total viewers) and generating a 5.27 TV household rating in the New York DMA.
Additionally, YES was the most-watched network in New York from 7:30-8:30 pm yesterday. During the 8:00-8:30 pm half-hour, more people watched YES than both NBCâ€™s NFL coverage and ABCâ€™s Primetime Emmy Awards head-to-head.
Sundayâ€™s pre-game show was the highest-rated and most-watched Yankees pre-game show ever on YES. It surpassed the previous records for a Yankees pre-game show on YES, the 3.01 rating and 279,000 total viewers attracted for the October 12, 2004 pre-game show in advance of the Yankees-Red Sox playoff game.
YESâ€™ pre-game show boasted interviews with current Yankees players and Yankees heroes alike, including Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Ron Guidry, Paul Oâ€™Neill, Joe Girardi, David Cone, Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius and David Wells. The show also included pre-taped features on the greatest Yankees moments at the Stadium, on the greatest non-baseball moments at the Stadium, and on Bobby Murcer, the beloved Yankees player and YES announcer who passed away this past summer. The network also interviewed Yankees fans, who offered up their greatest Yankees memories.