NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Yankees' extended family has been impacted by battles with cancer numerous times over the years, and as such, the organization continues to understand the impact of important initiatives. That's why the Yankees stepped to the plate with two special items as these Winter Meetings include an MLB.com Auction to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, which Major League Baseball has supported since 2008 as founding sponsor. Public relations representatives from all 30 clubs were inspired to act based on individual club members impacted by the disease, and they jointly organized the auction and announced it Monday in Nashville with MLB staff.
Bidding closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, with more than 70 baseball-related experiences ranging from clubhouse tours by players to lunches with general managers to team bus rides to meet and greets with 14 Hall of Fame players. Parents can bid on a one-day internship in the Yankees' public-relations department, for high school or college students only, during a non-premium game in 2013 (date to be determined). The intern will have the opportunity to spend a day in the front office at Yankee Stadium and receive a tour of the team clubhouse. Additionally, he or she will be able to deliver game notes to manager Joe Girardi and assist in his daily pregame news conference. The intern will also be given a mention in the game notes. The team is also offering a private Yankee Stadium Tour and four tickets to a non-premium home game in 2013. Winners will have the opportunity to visit Monument Park, the New York Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America and the Yankees dugout prior to the game. Following the stadium tour, they guests will be shown around the press box and broadcast booths by a member of the Yankees' media relations department. The Yankees have had several prominent individuals wage their own battles against cancer in recent years. The list includes Joe Torre, Mel Stottlemyre, Darryl Strawberry, the late Bobby Murcer and broadcaster Suzyn Waldman. Earlier this year, Waldman reflected on her 1996 battle against breast cancer, remarking that -- with the help of late owner George M. Steinbrenner and head trainer Gene Monahan -- she was able to take her spot behind the microphone for all but two games as the Yankees charged to a World Series title. "You don't become your cancer. That's the worst thing that you can do," Waldman said. "I was still me, but I was dealing with cancer. If you don't do that, you're half-defeated. What was I going to do -- sit there and stare at the television? I got my treatments, but you have to keep going. It's really important."