I think it’s pretty great that the Yankees are sending the World Series trophy on a bit of a tour this winter. They’ve usually been very protective it — and they still are based on the handlers with white gloves — but it’s great to get it out into the public. Next stop on the World Series Trophy Tour is Asia. Here are the highlights of the press release, plus a picture of the trophy boarding it’s flight.
The New York Yankees announced that they are bringing their 2009 World Series championship trophy to Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong on a six-day tour beginning Sunday, January 31.
The Yankees delegation will include Team President Randy Levine, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman, Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Sponsorships Michael Tusiani, Director of Pacific Rim Operations George Rose, Executive Director of Stadium Event Security Todd Letcher and Media Relations Manager Michael Margolis.
The trophy will arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Sunday, January 31 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (“JST”, 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time), marking the first time the Yankees have brought their World Series trophy to Asia.
On Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. JST, a historic moment will take place at the MLB Café in Tokyo as the Yankees’ 2009 World Series trophy will be on display alongside the Yomiuri Giants’ 2009 Japan Series championship trophy in the first-ever instance of the two titles being side-by-side. The Yankees’ delegation will be joined by Yomiuri Giants owner Takuo Takihana and MLB Asia Vice President Jim Small. Following an exchange of gifts and a brief press conference, the two trophies will remain on hand for fans to enjoy throughout the evening.
Following a travel day from Tokyo to Beijing, the capital of China, Yankees officials will meet with the China Baseball Association (CBA) on Wednesday, February 3. The Yankees created a partnership with the CBA on January 29, 2007, when the pair drafted a Memorandum of Understanding that formalized the CBA’s first strategic alliance with a Major League Baseball club. At 2:00 p.m. China Standard Time (“CST”, 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time), the groups will hold a press conference at New World Hotel Beijing, Hu Jia Lou, Chao Yang District.
The trophy will make its first public appearance in the world’s most populous country on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. CST at the New World Department Store located at No. 3 Chong Wen Men Wai Da Jie, Chongwen District, Beijing. Media and fans are invited to the press conference, which will include the full Yankees delegation, CBA officials and New World representatives.
The Beijing Yankees, 2009 winners of the first annual Diamond Cup, which is given to the champions of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” youth baseball program in China, are also expected to be in attendance. Yankees executives and the young players will join together at Wednesday’s event to celebrate their respective championships. After the media portion of the program, the trophy will be exhibited for all in attendance.
Following a travel day on Thursday, February 4, the trophy will make its Hong Kong debut on Friday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m. CST at New World Development’s recently-opened K11 mall at 18 Hanoi Road TST, where media will have an opportunity to speak to members of the Yankees delegation. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy the trophy in its final public appearance in Asia, as it will be displayed among other world-class works of art.
* The trophy “will be displayed among other world-class works of art.” How cool is that?