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Ray Negron: 'CC Claus' Brings Magic of Baseball to Christmas

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 01:53 PM

A new children's book co-written by New York Yankees star CC Sabathia and team consultant Ray Negron is aiming to hit one out of the park for Santa Claus and baseball.

"CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas Story," published by Ecco, aims to re-establish America's Favorite Pastime as a kids game, just as youngsters still cherish Jolly Old Saint Nick at Yuletide, Negron said in an interview with "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The adults have taken the game away from the kids and you know what, I'm really mad about that because I'm a dad. I'm a real dad and, in essence, I want to give the game back to the kids," Negron said.

Negron, whose books include, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers," "The Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True," and "One Last Time: Bood-bye to Yankee Stadium,  said part of his goal in writing books is to preserve the memories of two special Bronx Bombers: Longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died in 2010, and the late Billy Martin, who managed the team five times and was routinely fired and rehired by Steinbrenner.

"My children's books keep Billy and George alive because they're in all my books, they're right there, the history," Negron said.

"It keeps me going because this way I try not to miss them as much as I do … I cry every day at the stadium. It'll never be the same and so I feel the pain."

Negron said he had always wanted to do a baseball story involving Christmas and approached Sabathia, the Yankees' star pitcher, who immediately fell in love with the idea.

"That night we worked on it, the next day we had a book," he said.

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A new children's book co-written by New York Yankees star CC Sabathia and team consultant Ray Negron is aiming to hit one out of the park for Santa Claus and baseball. Negron spoke of this and his other baseball books on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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