Ray Negron

Ray Negron

Ray’s amazing journey began decades ago when at 16-years of age, he was caught spraying graffiti on a wall at Yankee Stadium by NY Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. As fate would have it, Steinbrenner decided against putting Ray in jail and instead, offered him a second chance making him the batboy for the greatest franchise in sports history. Ray was propelled into a dream job sharing the dugout with the “Bronx Zoo” team of the seventies. He became a positive influence in the fiery clubhouse that included Manager Billy Martin, superstar Reggie Jackson and the legendary Thurman Munson. And for the next 35 years, Steinbrenner and Ray built a special relationship until Steinbrenner’s passing in 2010.
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Levine, Starks, Bader, Chazz, and Tia Cohen. Using their power for the good of Man!

Benjamin Franklin once said ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing! The great Yankees manager Billy Martin was a true history buff. I used to sit with him in his office and he would school me on different people from the era the 1700s all the way …

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Like Mr. Sinatra, Billy Martin and Frankie Valli , Michael Buble loves PATSY’S to… so do I

I was first introduced to Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in the winter of 1976. The Yankees had just lost the World Series in four games to the Cincinnati Reds. Yankees manager Billy Martin stayed in New York to look for real estate so that he could open up a western store. …

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Like Mel Allan and the Scooter… John Sterling was joyfully heard

I was watching the Michael Kay show on the YES Network. Michael talked about being on the phone with John Sterling and being told that John had done his last call as the radio voice of the Yankees. Michael had a very sad look on his face. This told me …

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Thanks to Steve and Alex, Doc Gooden is FOREVER!

Kenny Loggins has an all-time favorite song of mine called Forever. When I looked at the top of Citi Field and saw the number 16 which will hang forever next to the number 24 which was once worn by one of baseball’s top three players ever, Willie Mays I thought …

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Fordham University visit helpful after friends death

Last Wednesday, I received a phone call from my great friend Murray Bauer.  Murray had been a long-time business advisor to Yankee great Roy White and to so many wonderful entertainers. We probably spoke about five to seven times a week. Murray was definitely one of the most intelligent and …

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Like Munson, New York was lucky to of had Jerry Grote

Jerry Grote was my catcher when I was the General Manager of the Saint Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball League in 1989 in Saint Lucie Florida. This league was for Major League Baseball players 32 and over who wanted to continue their playing careers after they may of …

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Murray Bauer… We lost a great friend!

Murray Bauer died today. I’m going to make this simple. We lost one of the best friends anyone could ever have. When you talk about loyalty amongst friends you were talking about Murray. When I ever heard the phrase Action speaks louder than words… I would instantaneously think about Murray. …

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Gleyber and Soto looking like Yankees with opening day haircuts by JORDAN!

The Yankees were just wrapping up a successful start of the season by taking two of three games from the Arizona Diamondbacks after sweeping four games from the Houston Astros. The team was getting ready to board their flight home for the season opener. Juan Soto said to his new …

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Thurman Munson… The Manager he would have been!

In the immortal words of the great Yankee Lou Gehrig… Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth! Reason being, I got to know another great Yankee Thurman Munson. I first actually met him as a fan waiting outside Yankee Stadium by the player’s parking …

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Thank you Steve Cohen for trying to help mend Doc’s broken heart

The most famous music group of the Disco era was known as the BeeGees. If you ever saw Saturday Night Fever then you know that they took the music world by storm. Before that the BeeGees did a masterpiece of a song called How do you mend a broken heart. …

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Humbled by the Mick

My Publisher John Gungie Rivera came out with last week’s subscription numbers and I was shocked at the fact that there are well Tens of thousands of readers per week. I absolutely love this for two reasons. Number one … the higher the numbers the more kids from the inner …

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Soto’s overall actions inspire teammates

I watch him go about his business and I see someone who knows that there isn’t much that he can’t do. Those were the words of Oswaldo Cabrera about Juan Soto after yesterday’s game even though he had a great weekend in Houston himself. Everyone in the Yankees locker room …

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