• The King and Straw – And Bernie Too

    Posted by on June 25th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From the AP

    Coming to a theater near Yankee Stadium: Darryl Strawberry and Turpin High grad Jim Leyritz in “The Boy of Steel,” a one-act play set at the stadium.

    Strawberry and Leyritz, who were teammates on the Yankees’ 1996 World Series championship team, will make their acting debuts in the play based on the book of the same name by Ray Negron, a special assistant for the Yankees. The play will be part of a fundraising show at Utopia’s Paradise Theater in the Bronx scheduled for Aug. 18.

    Another former major leaguer, Bernie Williams, now known as a guitarist and music composer, will participate in another part of the show, the “Peace, Unity and Hope Concert with Jose Feliciano, Bernie Williams and Friends.”

    “The Boy of Steel,” published by the Regan imprint of HarperCollins, tells the tale of Michael Steel, a young boy afflicted with brain cancer, who becomes a bat boy for a night and, through the magic of Yankee Stadium, meets Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

    He also encounters George Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ owner, who in a realistic part of the story, points to a batting helmet and tells him, “I want to be able to see my reflection in that helmet, son.”

    I want to say something sarcastic/caustic/witty here…but, it’s for a good cause, so, I’ll just share the news and keep my mouth shut.

    Comments on The King and Straw – And Bernie Too

    1. JeremyM
      June 25th, 2007 | 8:40 pm

      There was talk last spring that Leyritz was considering a comeback. As ludicrous as it sounded, he’d probably be an upgrade at BUC right now; sign him up.

      I’m half-kidding by the way.

    2. August 7th, 2007 | 10:43 am

      This show has been moved to September 22, 2007. For more details visit the Bernie Williams tribute site at http://www.berniewilliams.net.

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