Mar
01

Negron won’t turn state’s evidence

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Ray Negron — a 36-year Yankee vet and the subject of an excellent profile by Alex Belth last year — has a new children’s book, and his editors want more. In fact, according to Ken Davidoff, they want a tell-all memoir in the style of the Joe Torre/Tom Verducci book. Negron though isn’t about to bite the hand that has seen him through thick and thin for the better part of four decades. As a close confidant of George Steinbrenner, Negron has seen it all behind the scenes in the Bronx. Yet, as he told Ken Davidoff, he is “not for sale.”

“Joe Torre was supposed to be an icon in New York,” Negron said this past week in an interview. “To me, what he did with that book was just an insult to everything that’s supposed to be so good about the Yankees. You don’t take shots, you don’t talk negative, if you’re a manager.” Negron’s memoirs would be an era-spanning look inside a secretive organization, but I understand and appreciate his reverence and respect for the organization.

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  • A.D.

    Refreshing for someone not to completely sell out

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Wow, my respect for Negron just went up like 500%

    Also, on first glance, I totally missed the second ‘n’ in his name and did a double take.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Ben – The opening sentence of the second paragraph is missing it’s beginning quotation mark.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I’m 2/3 through the Torre book, and its a really great read. Its a blast reliving those early years, and where it all went wrong (from Joe’s POV). Much of it is familiar ground, but every chapter has something entertaining and something else I didn’t know.

    He really didn’t deserve all the flak he took for writing it, and I was one of the people who wanted him fired since late 05.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I’m about a third of the way through, and I have a different reaction to the text. I think it’s boring and cliched. Buster Olney did a far better job on the Yankee dynasty in his book a few years ago, and I’m in the middle of Verducci’s Moneyball-lite chapter. I don’t find it very compelling.

      I do agree that the flak was undeserved, but the book itself is something of a let-down.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        We obviously went in with different expectations. I know Joe’s an old school Baseball man, so I went in knowing I was getting lots of that. I enjoyed the behind the scenes stuff and personal stories. Also, you’re a much bigger fan of Alex than I am, and he clearly didn’t love A-Rod.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          I actually haven’t gotten up to the A-Rod part. I’m intrigued to see where it goes after 2001. Maybe the book hasn’t met my expectations because I feel like I’m so well-versed in the pre-2002 behind-the-scenes tales. The new ground should be interesting to say the least.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Could be. Anyway, I haven’t read Buster’s book and I’ve always been a big fan of his, so I will check that out as well. After this I’m doing Halberstam’s 1964, I’ll get around to Buster’s Dynasty book sometime this spring.

  • LostOurHeads

    Ray’s story is fascinating. I like hearing him whenever he opens up.

  • Rich

    In terms of character:

    Negron > Torre