I grew up watching the Yankees during Don Mattingly's last few years. I witnessed the Core Four as rookies. Jorge Posada made his major league debut on my birthday. I cheered during Jim Abbott's no hitter. Players have come and gone, and all of them have left a little bit of an impression on me as a fan, and as an individual. But none of them was quite like Paul O'Neill.I remember when the Yankees first got Paulie. I knew him as the player on the Reds that kicked the ball to the infield to make an out. While it was funny to me then, I understood it years later. He wanted that out, and he got it. I wrote PAUL O'NEILL TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE all about Paulie's drive and determination. His passion for the game, and unwillingness to give up continue to inspire me. I even use him as an example...

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