“In Lauderdale the back fields were kind of hidden, there was a regular field and a half field,’’ Mattingly said. “I remember we were running off and George had that box across, you never knew if he was watching. I said, ‘Listen, let’s run, we should probably be running because you never know who is watching.’
“I think he was thinking about fans or kids watching. I was thinking, ‘Hey the Boss may be watching so we should probably hustle off the field.’
The Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club are honoring Don Mattingly & Mattingly Charities at their “Reaching for the Future” Benefit Dinner. The event will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The reception will start at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. with the dinner following at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of George Steinbrenner’s passing. His vision, passion and commitment to winning, recharged the New York Yankees and revolutionized the game.
I remember a man driven to succeed. He was the owner, “The Boss” and number one fan of the Yankees. Our relationship was built on mutual respect. I will never forget and always be grateful for how he treated me and my family both during my playing days and after I retired.
I will miss him very much and extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Joan, and all the members of the Steinbrenner family.
Contact: Ray Schulte
And of course then there’s Jeter. Where’s Jeter? (Applause.) There he is right there. Sportsman of the Year, according to Sports Illustrated, and you can see why -- passed Lou Gehrig to become the all-time Yankee hit leader. But Derek would rather tell you a story about being in spring training with another Yankee legend, Don Mattingly. I love this story. Walking off an empty field together one day, Mattingly suggested they run to the clubhouse, telling Derek, “You never know who’s watching.” And Derek took that lesson to heart, and 15 years later, he still runs everywhere like he’s trying out for the track team -– always setting an example, always hustling -- which is why I think everybody says that he epitomizes the best of the Yankee tradition. (Applause.)
Don Mattingly (nicknamed "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hit Man") was a star left-handed first baseman for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. Don's Major League career as a player totaled more than 11 years. After his playing career, Don served as hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2006, then as their bench coach in 2007, before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as their Hitting Coach.
You can only lead by example. A real leader doesn't blow his or her own horn. They are judged by the actions they take and by results. Don Mattingly - 1985 American League MVP
Paul Simon and Don Mattingly presenting Dick Ebersol with an Appreciation Recognition for all his support of the Children's Health Fund