Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph’s Rings
Willie Randolph was involved in six world championships and 10 World Series. He came by to talk to Kelly & Michael about his new book The Yankee Way. He was the best dancer when he came out. Michael said that backstage they were talking about all of his rings that he won. Randolph had a picture. He had to go to the wide screen so they would all fit. He was wearing his 2010 ring. It was the subway series. The Mets and Yankees are playing the subway series now. He would have had to leave New York if he had lost the Subway Series.
Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph’s Mom
Randolph grew up in Brooklyn. He was always running around the house. His mom thought he would be some sort of athlete. His mom was always supportive of him. She’s in South Caroline right now. He said hi to her. She’s definitely watching.
Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph & Reggie Jackson
He’s close with Reggie Jackson. There was no competition between them. He’s a typical New Yorker. He wanted to put on a performance. He still worked for the Yankees and had an unbelievable talent.
Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph & Umpire Fight
Randolph got into fights with the umpires. It wasn’t like his personality, but Kelly loved watching it. In 1977, he got thrown out of a game. He got a written apology afterwards. It was someone else who sounded like him. He was talking to Reggie at the time when he was thrown out, and he lost it. His mom said he couldn’t act like that ever again.
Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph’s Life in Baseball
Randolph wrote a book called The Yankee Way. It talks about his life, childhood, and road to the Yankees. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him right after high school. He signed on in 1972 for $5,000. He thought he was rich. He bought his mom a color TV set and got himself a horrible suit. His debut with the Yankees was in 1976.
Kelly & Michael: Willie Randolph’s Proud of Derek Jeter
He also coached with the Yankees for 11 years. He’s really proud of Derek Jeter. He’s been playing for almost 20 years. Now he’s leaving. Randolph had him as a rookie at 21. He’s still one of the best players.
Kelly & Michael: The Yankee Way Review
Kelly talked about how Randolph came over and taught her the baseball signs. He was really patient with her. He’s been around great people including Yogi Berra, who just turned 89. He’s been with this game since he was 17. He wanted to write this book to share his story. He wanted to inspire kids. He also has a wife and four children. He wants grandchildren. The Yankee Way is available now.