At a very early age the great George Steinbrenner (The Boss) used to tell me that "when you give you get."
I would often wonder what he was talking about. As time progressed I figured it out.
It took a while because The Boss never wanted anyone to know when he was helping someone out. It was very confusing for me: one minute he could be in a rage about a team situation, then he would drop everything to help someone in need.
For me his good always far outweighed the bad.
It would truly become a great Yankee tradition. Helping people has become a major part of the Yankee organization. This truly keeps The Boss’s legacy very alive.
For example, yesterday was no different at Yankee Stadium.
A little boy by the name of Ricardo Martinez reached out to Yankee Second Baseman, Gleyber Torres. He did so through social media explaining how he came to America with his family from Venezuela because things had become so difficult for them.
He told Torres how he missed home and explained that Gleyber Torres had become his favorite player because they both came from the same country.
Also, Gleyber truly encourages him with his wonderful personality on television.
Torres being a person with a wonderful heart, reached out and arranged for Ricardo and his family to come to Yankee Stadium.
When Ricardo got to finally meet his hero he cried genuine tears of joy. Gleyber gave Ricardo a wonderful hug, a hug this young man will feel for the rest of his life.
Gleyber gave young Ricardo a baseball, one of his game bats — and most importantly a new friendship.
The very next day, Gleyber Torres and the Yankees went on to Baltimore to play the Orioles. His first time up hit a home run; his second time he hit a double; his third time up he hit a three run homer to give the Yankees the lead.
His fourth time up he got a single to top the night off!
Following the game Gleyber received a phone call from Yankees Co-Chairman, Hank Steinbrenner, who told Gleyber that he was very proud of him. At that moment, I thought of George Steinbrenner and could almost hear him say, "When you give you get."
Gleyber did a wonderful thing for a young boy and like magic, the next day he had the greatest day of his young big league career!
Let’s not forget. We’re Yankees — it’s what we do!
Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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