By Ray Negron
If you have ever read my book, "Yankee Miracles," then you would know that there is a chapter in the book about the great Yankee manager, Billy Martin. Billy was a very fierce competitor with a heart of gold. In the book, I talk about a time when Billy took me to the historic New York Italian restaurant, Patsy's, where we had dinner with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.
At this time, I was young and had a giant "Afro." I felt like I didn't belong which was why Billy wanted me along with him. He had always told me that if I was made to feel like I didn't belong someplace, I shouldn't want to be there in the first place. Billy taught me to always be confident in myself regardless of what you feel others might have thought of you. A lesson that I would learn many times from George Steinbrenner—but that is a story for another day.