Get in there and hack

Want a shot at stepping up to the plate at Yankee Stadium and taking your hacks just like Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher and the other Yankees? Of course, you do.

Yankees Universe members now have the exclusive opportunity to enter a contest to win the change to take batting practice at Yankee Stadium July 31. The occasion will include food, drinks, a tour of the Stadium including a visit to Monument Park and an audience with former Yankees stars.

All that is required is to submit an original photo of you as the “most enthusiastic fan” by 12 noon, EDT, July 24. Judges will select the most compelling submission based upon criteria set forth in the judging section of the official rules. For more information, members may log on to the Yankees Universe members-only page on

Good luck to all.

Congratulations are in order for Yankees vice president and assistant general manager Jean Afterman, who was honored Wednesday as a Women in Sports and Entertainment “Woman of the Year” at the organization’s annual luncheon. Founded in 1993, WISE, as it is known, honors and recognizes accomplished women in the sports and special events business, celebrating their contributions to the respective organizations and the industry at large. Jean is in her ninth season with the Yankees and has been a key figure in the club’s expanded cultivation of relationships in Asia.

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