Ray Negron's 'Yankee Miracles' Offers Unique Look at 'Bronx Bombers'

Monday, 24 Sep 2012 01:31 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Baseball executive Ray Negron’s new book “Yankee Miracles” is creating a buzz and could be headed for the big screen.

Jason Davis, president of Monteiro Rose Dravis literary agency, who made hits out of “The Hunger Games” and “Hugo,” is working to sell the movie rights to Negron’s intriguing memoir, according to the New York Post.

“Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers” offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss” — Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Negron’s book hit Amazon’s bestseller list soon after its release on Sept. 3, reaching No. 1 in the Sports & Outdoors — Baseball category, and it has remained in the top 10.

Negron with Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Daily News featured an extended excerpt from the book, and Negron has been interviewed by NPR and other media outlets since the book was published.

Negron was a 17-year-old Yankees fan from Queens when he was caught spray-painting graffiti on a Yankee Stadium wall by none other than Steinbrenner himself.

But instead of pressing charges, Steinbrenner made Negron a team batboy. Thus began a journey that would take Negron from a trouble-making street kid to a Yankees executive who has dedicated his life to helping underprivileged youths.

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Negron tells of the legendary Yankees he befriended, including Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez, who posed with Negron and his book at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Post says Negron’s amusing work “reads like an episode of Seinfeld.”

And serious baseball aficionados love the Bronx tale. No less than Henry Kissinger said, "Fans will embrace ‘Yankee Miracles’ — full of fascinating personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes details.”

Hank Steinbrenner, George’s son, called the book “one of the most honest portrayals of my dad that I’ve seen.”

And Bob Costas of NBC Sports Network said: “I defy anyone to read Ray Negron’s remarkable story and not come away believing that there still can be genuine heart, soul, and even redemption in the games we watch and play.”

Negron previously published three children’s books with baseball themes, with proceeds going to charity.

As for his longtime relationship with Steinbrenner, Negron told Newsmax in an exclusive interview: “Could he be tough?” Could he be mean? Yeah. But with the kids of this country, whenever he saw a kid that needed help, he was always the first one there. He always was there with the less fortunate. He was always there to help people in whatever way possible.”

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