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Steinbrenner Would Have Extended a Hand to Trump

Steinbrenner Would Have Extended a Hand to Trump

Then New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner in 2003. (Chris O'Meara/AP) 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 02:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Boss, the real one — George M. Steinbrenner — not Bruce Springsteen, would have extended his hand to try and help America by helping to guide and in turn support our new President.

I was a kid from the streets of New York. I was used to seeing people get hit on the head with bottles, pipes, and on some occasions I even saw some people stabbed or shot. I was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn. I was raised with Jewish, Black, Latin, and Italian kids. My parents finally moved us to Queens, N.Y. in an area known as Springfield Gardens.

It was a whole different world. I did not have to worry about being stabbed or shot anymore. When I went to work for the New York Yankees as a batboy, I started to meet a lot of very interesting people. For whatever the reason, the owner, George Steinbrenner, always introduced me to a lot of these people.

He used to tell me that is important to get to know these guys. At the time, I never really knew why. I was just happy that The Boss thought enough of me, a dark Spanish kid with an afro hairdo to have me meet these distinguished individuals.

The Boss always used to tell the story of how he caught me in the streets and gave me my first job. I remember meeting the former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President Richard Nixon, real estate moguls (The Fisher Brothers), Cary Grant, and countless stars from all fields.

One person I remember was a very young and energetic real estate guy that The Boss liked a lot. I remember when he introduced him to me and he said, "Ray lives out in Queens also.”

That real estate guy was Donald Trump.

You could tell that Trump was a true fan of Mr. Steinbrenner. He would listen to every word that The Boss had to say very intensely and almost like a student with his professor.

I remember throughout the years being in the office of  The Boss. His secretary Joanne would say, “Trump on Line 2.” Mr. Trump would call for advice all of the time. It's funny that I saw a lot of the same mannerisms in Trump that  The Boss had.

As time progressed, I saw the strong ego develop in Mr. Trump when I would see him come to the Yankee games in the Bronx, but he was always a gentleman!

When Trump was doing his reality show, he used to use the line “You’re fired!” all the time, which had been a famous Steinbrenner line. I remember asking "The Boss, if he had given Trump permission to use it. Steinbrenner laughed and said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

After The Boss died, I would periodically run into The Donald at many charity events run by Lenny Caro who at the time was the president of The Bronx Chamber of Commerce is now chief community relations officer at Mercy College.

Many of these events supported all types of my minority issues including my own youth baseball program, Hank’s Yanks which I ran with Hank Steinbrenner, that helped many black and Latino kids stay in school and play baseball.

I remember having a quiet moment with Trump last year. He asked me, “How is it for you at the Yankees now that The Boss is gone?” The way he asked the question, and how he stared into my eyes I knew the interest was real and I really appreciated the sincerity.

The other day some reporters who knew about the fact that The Boss had a relationship with Trump said that Steinbrenner would have voted for Hillary Clinton.

Well I would say, these people did not know George Steinbrenner. So saying that was just a far-fetched guess on their part. George Steinbrenner, as many know, was a great patriot and he would always do what was best for America.

Whether it was Clinton or Trump, his respect was for whoever was sitting in the Oval Office. I am very sorry that George Steinbrenner isn’t alive because he would have been a very positive influence on Trump’s preparation for the White House.

And, I guarantee you that many of the negative issues that came out, in my opinion, never would have. However, we will never know for sure. When I heard that there would be a protest down Fifth Avenue in New York City, I decided to act like a true journalist and walk about 20 blocks to feel what the protest was all about.

What were the people that were marching really thinking? Were their hearts in the right place? I found that that there were a lot of people that really do care about this country and really want what’s best. I was proud of them for that.

However, I also found a lot of people that just wanted to start trouble.

Thank God that New York City’s finest, the police, really did an outstanding job of keeping the order. At the end of the day, whether we like it or not, Donald John Trump, Sr. is our 45th President.

As Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, “We must accept the result and look to the future.” We have to give Donald Trump a chance to try and make America the wonderful place that it’s supposed to be.

I know, The Boss would have said, “We have to give him enough rope to hang himself. And if he doesn’t, then America truly will be great again.”

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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Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, "We have to give Donald Trump a chance to try and make America the wonderful place that it’s supposed to be." I know George Steinbrenner would say, “We have to give him enough rope to hang himself. If he doesn’t, America truly will be great again.”
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