NEW YORK -- With the Yankees waving good-bye to their first regular season at the new Yankee Stadium, Tino Martinez did his part to send the fans to the stadium from the shores of Manhattan.
Martinez, a four-time World Series champion with the Bombers, greeted fans on Wednesday at Pier 78, near the shore of the Hudson River, posing for photographs and signing autographs to help promote the specially marked New York Waterway "Yankee Clipper" ferry.
All fans who took the ferry to Wednesday's game against Kansas City -- which New York lost, 4-3 -- received a Yankees cap in addition to the opportunity to meet Martinez, whose slick fielding and clutch hitting helped the Yankees bring the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 World Series trophies to the Bronx and on a parade route down the Canyon of Heroes.
The "Yankee Clipper" is looking its sharpest as the postseason approaches, having been dressed with life-size photos of such players as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. In addition, after the Yankees secured the 2009 American League East title last weekend against the Red Sox, a championship logo was affixed to the boat.
Leaving for Yankee Stadium from West 38th Street and the Hudson River, the "Yankee Clipper" features pregame food service and a bar serving beer, wine and soda. The cost is $22 for adults and $18 for passengers under age 12, with passengers under 3 riding for free.
The service will also be in operation for all 2009 playoff games. For schedules, prices and additional information, call 800-533-3779 or visit http://www.nywaterway.com.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.