Ray Negron's Playball Weekly Blog

University of Steinbrenner and the lessons learned both positive and negative

Growing up a kid from the South Bronx and Brooklyn I always felt like I wasn’t good enough. I use …

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Charlie Bunger. Legend

The word Legend is used so loosely today that it’s ridiculous. Legend is a very powerful word. It’s a word that means you have reached the highest level of your field and now you turn around and help those that inspire to be like you and join you on the top of the mountain.

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Nestor Cortes, Action speaks louder than words

I have had the opportunity to be around Nestor Cortes off and on for a few years. These meetings have …

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Happy Birthday Frankie Valli, Our Honorary Yank Batboy

Today I honor the great Frankie Valli. Today is his 88th birthday. Today and everyday I honor this man because …

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Fordham, Suffolk and Columbia University Visits

At this time of year, I’m asked to visit many schools because it’s graduation time. In the past, I use to ask why do you want me, or I’m sure you can get a more high profile individual, however, the popular response was that because of my history with George Steinbrenner, the Yankees, and a kid that was able to get out of the tough streets of New York that I represent hope.

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The legend of Gary Cooper and the family that honors him.

I am so blessed to of gotten to know the daughter of one of the all time great movie stars. Her name is Maria Cooper Janis and her dad was three time Academy Award winning actor Gary Cooper. As a little boy I got to see a western film called High Noon. As most latin kids in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the era of the 60s, we just loved western shows and movies. The star of that film was Gary Cooper.

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To the Boss he couldn’t walk on water but he was Sweet Lou

George Steinbrenner and Lou Piniella had the greatest relationship of all the players that were ever Yankees during the Steinbrenner era. In 1974 Lou Pinella got traded from KC to the Yanks in Spring Training.Lou walks into George’s office to introduce himself and make it known he was there a day early. George said I’m glad you’re here a day early that will give you an opportunity to get that long hair of yours trimmed.

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Yankee Tavern, The house that Babe Ruth ate at.

Joe Bastone owns one of the most historic restaurants in New York City. It’s called the Yankee Tavern. I started …

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YANKEE BATBOYS FOREVER

When you’re a little boy and you are a baseball fan and you go to games the first thing you …

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Loving the Yanks and Baseball can be a balancing act

You’re probably asking what I mean by a balancing act. Well in the great game of baseball you get so …

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Through him the Boss spoke to me!

Yesterday I actually made my first real appearance at Steinbrenner Field for spring training.Since the pandemic, many things have changed. …

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Luis Guzman meets FERRYHAWKS in Staten Island

People from all the other boroughs in New York were asking what all the commotion in Staten Island was this …

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