The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
YES Network To Debut Saturday Morning Program "Yankee Babies"
Originally posted 7/21/2003

Li'l Jorge Posada rounds third (left); a visibly hung over Junior David Wells answers reporters' questions (right)
NEW YORK - New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner announced this week that the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network, which televises New York Yankees games as well as other sporting events and sports-related programs, will debut "Yankee Babies" this Saturday. The half-hour show will portray the New York Yankees as a band of precocious, baseball-loving tykes who always seem to find themselves knee-deep in mischief.

"Yankee history is rich in tradition and lore," said YES Network executive and co-creator of "Yankee Babies" Charlotte Lynch, "and the current incarnation of the team certainly has yielded a bumper crop of juicy stories. We hope to be able to draw on that. For instance, in the first episode, [Yankees owner George] Steinbrenner gets upset with Tiny Derek Jeter because he's always out chasing girls on the playground when he should be worrying about practice. I don't want to give anything away, but what happens next is priceless!"

Lynch also said that the show would stay true to the players it was depicting. "Baby Andy Pettitte will be and underrated lefty who remains a model of consistency," Lynch said, "and Itty Bitty Hideki Matsui will take some time to adjust, but eventually he'll fit right in."

"We feel that baseball is not doing enough to reach out to the younger demographic, particularly the two to five-year-old age group," Steinbrenner said. "Studies have shown that this can be the most impressionable time in a child's life, and we want to get them early to ensure that Yankee dominance continues will into the 21st century."

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