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Catching heat : the Jim Leyritz story
Jim Leyritz and Douglas Lyons and Jeffrey Lyons
Adult Nonfiction GV865.L49 A3 2011

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Leyritz is known to sports fans for two things: a homerun he hit that allowed the New York Yankees to stage a comeback against the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series, and when he killed a woman while driving drunk. What fans might not know is that Leyritz has long had a huge chip on his shoulders. Besotted with the concept that he should be a star, Leyritz regularly got into fights with teammates, managers, and the front office over how he wasn't getting his due-he even fired an agent for not preventing him from yet another self-destructive rant. As a result, he ended up playing for six teams in an 11-year pro career. Despite having teamed with a lot of great players, he has next to nothing to say about any of them. Rather Leyritz's ego stays the focus. He appears to want sympathy for the way he was treated by the criminal justice system-despite beating the rap for vehicular homicide as it turned out the victim Fredia Veitch wasn't wearing a seat belt and may have been intoxicated herself. Nevertheless Leyritz shows little compassion for her, and goes on at length about how much he was a victim that night. Throw in a series of injuries, infidelities, an ugly divorce/custody battle and the result is a failed attempt at a self-serving memoir. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.


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