Tuesday, September 4, 2012


On a hot summer’s day in 1973 in the Bronx, a seventeen-year-old boy, attempting to fit in with his cousins and siblings, decided to spray-paint the New York Yankee symbol on the side of Yankee Stadium. He was caught in the act by George Steinbrenner himself and made into a batboy. He grew up to be a special advisor to the Yankees, a community leader, children’s book author and a close friend to several Yankee legends. This kid is none other than Ray Negron.
(In Photo: batboy, Ray Negron (center), Joe Pepitone (left))
In his new book “Yankee Miracles”, Negron recounts his life since that fateful day in 1973. He tells of his special friendships with many Yankee greats including Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Alex Rodriguez and the Boss himself. He gives us an insight like none I have ever read before to the very human emotions that some of our favorite players have encountered.

I think my favorite part of the book were the sections on Reggie Jackson and Alex Rodriguez. The similarities between the two are incredible and it makes sense to me now more then ever that they later became friends. But I especially loved reading the chapter on Alex. Alex is one of those players that gets a lot of bad press. It’s almost as if the media wants to fault him with the failures of the entire world. The section is brief, but you get a whole new perspective on Alex, the man, not the ball player. It really is touching and gave me a whole new respect for Alex.

Yankees Miracles” was an incredible read, not just for Yankees fans but also for everyone who loves baseball. It is a wonderful reminder to never stop chasing your dreams and believing in miracles. We live in a world where that message is often muted into nonexistence. Ray Negron uses anecdotes and truly heartfelt stories to convey that beautifully.

Yankees Miracles” is available now at bookstores. A portion of the proceeds goes to help the Boys and Girls Club and Cancer Research. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is a Yankee fan and who has ever wanted a deeper, truer understanding of the men who have worn pinstripes.

Ray's website is YankeeMiracles.com. Stay tuned for my interview with Mr. Negron soon on Bleeding Yankee Blue!

--Erica Morales, BYB Writer
Twitter: @e_morales1804

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