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Succeed With Sheffield

GarysheffieldbookGary Sheffield, a major league outfielder for six different teams in his 17-year career, recently launched a book tour to promote his new book, Leadership Secrets of Gary the Chef. The book, written with the assistance of Rufus Williams, Ph.D., is a distillation of Sheffield’s clubhouse wisdom. The slugger is renown for his candid views on the Yankees organization, their current malaise, and his teammates.

The book succinctly summarizes Sheffield’s opinions on a wide range of topics, from the media to respecting the opposition:

On Leadership: “I know who the leader is on the team. I ain’t going to say who it is, but I know who it is. I know who the team feeds off. I know who the opposing team comes in knowing they have to defend to stop the Yankees.”

On Endorsements: “Why shouldnt I tell the truth? I aint trying to get no Pepsi commercial.”

On Chemistry: “This is the first team I’ve been on where no one sits at their locker. It’s where you build your chemistry from, how you get to know each other, just talking about life. I’m used to having six chairs around me, but here if there are six chairs, then there’s going to be 20 reporters around me.”

On Sacrifice: “Thats not happening. I tore up my shoulder, I tore up a knee. Im not doing that again.”

On the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox: “
They’re a walking disaster. They act like they’re tough, how they care so much about winning, but it’s all a front. They’re just a bunch of characters.”

Leadership Secrets of Gary the Chef will be available in bookstores beginning September 9, 2005, the day of the opening game of the last series against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium this season. He will autographing copies of his book prior to the game. Sheffield’s management kindly requests that his fans do not ask for photographs and that they make no sudden movements.


Brilliant post. Also, Sheff will kill someone with his hands before the season ends.

Hopefully Sheff's book won't decrease sales of Red's own opus, Surviving Grady: A Journal of Unhealthy Red Sox Obsession During the Greatest Season Ever. He even does actual signings, like the one tomorrow, Sunday, August 7 at KC's Sports Memorabilia, 33 Temple Street in Quincy.

/kissing up to Red

what a surprise that shef considers "character" to be a bad thing.

I agree, red. With his temper, I'm surprised we don't hear much speculation of his potential 'roid use. You can practically see the anger & negativity eminating from his body in the form of steam, building up pressure toward an inevitable explosion. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I've seen hints of these symptoms in quite a few yanks recently. Surely king georgie's found a way around the testing system, since he found earlier this season that playing clean just does not work for his team.

Click here for the New York Magazine article. Here you can find more gems:

“I ain’t clocked in until I have my uniform on” is Sheffield’s mantra.

He’s a born-again Christian who talks excitedly about his wife’s gospel record and no longer goes out much. (He has three other children with three different mothers.)

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