A Bronx Tale for the ages


Every now and then, Ray Negron’s name pops up in the press. A special adviser to George Steinbrenner, Negron has spent a lifetime in baseball as a bat boy, player agent, one-time prospect, all around gopher and now a Yankee executive. In a stunning four-part piece on Negron’s life from his days spray painting Yankee Stadium to his time as one of Steinbrenner’s closest compatriots, Bronx Banter’s Alex Belth reminds us why he’s the grandfather of all Yankee blogs. The tale is moving and tantalizing.

At one point, in the mid-1970s, Negron served as the go-to guy in the Yanks’ clubhouse. He was practically Reggie Jackson’s personal valet, and he knew how to please Thurmon Munson at the same time. This was no small feat. Thirty years later, these tales would turn sinister as Kurt Radomski and Brian McNamee subscribed to the “Better Living Through Chemistry” Theory. But Negron’s age was one of decadence and the Bronx Zoo, not steroids and multi-millionairs. Check out Alex’s story. The four-part opus well worth the read.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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  1. mooks says:

    Does anyone know if Ray Negron still has a job working for the yankees?

  2. alex belth says:

    Yes, Ray still works for the Yankees.

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