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From my Dad (Spencer Ross) this morning on the loss of Yankees great Don Baylor:

climegaads / August 8, 2017

From my Dad (Spencer Ross) this morning on the loss of Yankees great Don Baylor:
RIP Don Baylor.
I joined the NY Yankees as a broadcaster in 1985.
It takes awhile to find a comfort zone and gain acceptance with a group of talented professional athletes.
Don Baylor was an exception. From day one he went out of his way to make me feel I was part of the group.
Never forgot it. His warmth, his smile, his joining me for breakfast while on the road.
Sitting down next to me to chat in the dugout to talk. The man always made me feel welcome. As a player he was fiercely competitive. As a person he was completely loyal.
I remember the day in Chicago when the team was shocked by George Steinbrenner’s firing of Yogi Berra. Most players hung their heads, shocked by the Boss’s betrayal of the man.
Not Don Baylor.
He made his feelings known by trashing the clubhouse. I mean trashing it. Throwing garbage cans around. Picking up anything that wasn’t nailed down and venting his anger.
Made me like him even more.
A special man. A man who cared about others and he also played a pretty good game of baseball.
He’ll be missed by many.
His memory, his smile will forever remain etched in my mind.
Thank you Don Baylor.