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Jim Leyritz Apologizes For Ripping Yankees For Old-Timers' Day Snub

May 29, 2018 - 10:53 am
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By WFAN.com

Ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz apologized publicly Sunday night for ripping two Yankees executives after he wasn't invited to the team's annual Old-Timers' Day.

Responding to a Twitter follower who felt Leyritz was snubbed when this year's list was released last week, the two-time World Series champ wrote: "Yes it’s a joke already. Randy Levine and Debbie Tymon have said I didn’t do enough in Yankee history to be invited. How many sliders did they hit. Lol."

Levine is the team's president, and Tymon is its senior vice president of marketing.

A couple of hours later, Leyritz, best remembered for hitting the three-run, tying homer late in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series against the Braves, said he did not intend to criticize the Yankees officials publicly.

"I made the comment thought it was sent as a private tweet," he wrote. "Haven’t figured this social media stuff out yet. The Yankees have been good to me in every way except an invitation to OTD. All I’ve asked for is a reason why ??  Never been told but do feel like I belong. 13yrs w/ them."

Leyritz told Long Island radio station WLIE on Sunday night he has already contacted the Yankees to say he was sorry.

"I am so apologetic to them right now," Leyritz said, according to the Daily News. "As a matter of fact, when I found out this went public, within seconds, I sent emails to Randy and Debbie both and I apologized and in no way did I mean for this to go public, and in no way did I mean for their names to be drawn out in public for this to happen.

"Because we already knew that I wasn't invited. And it made me even more sick when I saw them put out a statement that said Randy wasn't involved in Old-Timers' Day, because I thought someone told me he was. So I owe Randy Levine and even bigger apology, because he has nothing to do with this."

After Leyritz's initial remarks, the Yankees issued a statement saying: "It's disappointing that Jim has entered into this arena the way he has," the spokesman said. "This tweet is baseless and categorically false. Frankly, he should be thankful for his ties to this organization."

Leyritz played for the Yankees from 1990-96 and then again during parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He was never an everyday player for the Bombers, but did hit 17 homers in 75 games in 1994.

Old-Timers' Day will be held June 17 and include first-time participants Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher and Dion James.