Most people remember me for two events, both of which tested my faith in different ways. I controlled one; the other, I did not. I was in control of the home run I hit in the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, which turned the Series around for the New York Yankees and eventually led them to their first world championship in eighteen years.Read more...
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Most people remember me for two events, both of which tested my faith in different ways. I controlled one; the other, I did not. I was in control of the home run I hit in the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, which turned the Series around for the New York Yankees and eventually led them to their first world championship in eighteen years. I was not in control of the 2007 car accident in which I was involved that resulted in the tragic loss of a woman's life . . . I decided that I would not let my life be defined by either of these moments. This is my story.
So begins Jim Leyritz's dramatic tale Catching Heat, a thrilling spectacle of professional and personal highs and lows that take fans behind the scenes of life on the road, in the locker room, and ultimately to the defendant's seat in a courtroom.
From a struggling player fumbling through the Minors and finding resilience during disappointing trades to speaking his truth when others wouldn't, Leyritz evolved into the epitome of a 'clutch' player when it came to leading teams to victories when it really counted. Well beyond a successful sporting career saga, Jim's story is an inspiring example for anyone who wants to pursue a dream or learn life's lessons--both hard and hallowed--from a man who knows what it is like to live his.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
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)