We all know Ray Negron from his writings here at NY Sports Day and are very grateful to have him as part of the family.
However, Ray has other places that he likes to call family as well, especially the New York Yankees and his love the team comes out in his new play, which is set to debut at the Argyle Theater in Babylon on June 24th.
Called “Batboy: A Yankee Miracle,” the 1970s Yankees are seen through Ray’s eyes as some of the highlights are acted out on stage. All the Yankee favorites are there, including George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and the infamous marshmallow salesman, who had a infamous fight with Martin.
“I got the idea from my friend Chazz Palmiteri, who made the Bronx Tale into a Broadway Show,” Negron said. “He told me that my story needs to be a play and if I don’t do it now, I would never do it.”
Negron lives in Babylon and his wife Theresa owns the local surf shop, so it made sense to have it at the Argyle, which just went through renovations and re-opened as a musical theater, seating 500 people.
Ultimately, this is going to be a play for anyone who loves baseball and loves that era of the Yankees.
“If you loved Munson and Jackson, Murcer and Martin or want to know about George Steinbrenner’s big heart, then my play “Batboy” is for you,” Negron said. “Hear about how a young boy learned how to laugh with his heroes but more importantly how the Yankees showed him that it was ok to cry.”
This is the first go-around and the one-day run will be hopefully a sneak preview of a longer stay, either at the Argyle or one in the city.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the box office or online by clicking here.