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The Making of a Championship Heart Hardcover – April 16, 2011

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Steve Yerrid has played and watched sports all of his life. He has been a life-long New York Yankees fan and shared a friendship with George Steinbrenner for over thirty years. As Chairman of the Board for The Yerrid Foundation, he supports a number of charitable causes, particularly those seeking to help children. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Yerrid has achieved great success in a career dedicated to helping those who have been wronged. He previously authored When Justice Prevails, a non-fiction work dramatically detailing some of his most significant courtroom trials, highlighted by inclusion of testimony excerpts and the actual final summations made to the jury. He continues to practice law and philanthropy, while living in Tampa, Florida.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Suntide Publishing (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983299005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983299004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Making of a Championship Heart
by Steve Yerrid SunTide Publishers 2011
ISBN 978-0-9832990-0-4

The author, Steve Yerrid, tries to answer the question
as to what separates the best from second best .
Many of us have had difficulty in achieving first place
status for a number of reasons. To answer this question,
Steve provides multiple criteria describing
personality traits and actions congruent
with attaining first place. Examples are as follows:

o Preparation
o Desire
o Leadership
o Attitude
o Determination
o Confidence
o Effort
o Challenge
o Courage
o Perseverance
o Vision
o Integrity et al.

The force of George Steinbrenner's personality was another defining attribute in moving the team toward success. The author describes a poignant moment where he was in a meeting with the boss.

" We were seated at a large oval conference room table with probably twenty-five or thirty chairs surrounding it. Of course, George sat at the head and I learned quickly
that when he was present, there was never
any doubt as to who was in charge."

The Yankees and the boss are the focal point of
illustrations throughout the book.
There are full color action pictures of Derek Jeter,
Alex Rodriguez, Joe Girardi and many others in the
Yankee organization. Quotations of famous personages are
contained throughout the text. Examples are:

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well
you do it" . (Lou Holtz)

"You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it,
we're playing a game.
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Yankee Stadium was being prepped for the 2009 World Series. A woman carefully painted the oak leaves in the logo while others filled in the white of the letters or painted the blue of the borders. It had been a banner year for the Bronx Bombers and soon they would suit up to face the Philadelphia Phillies, the reigning World Series champions. George Steinbrenner, a man whose heath had been failing in recent years, had been on the field for the opening game of the season in April, but his attendance began to become sporadic. He wouldn't be able to make all the Series games, but he was there in spirit. The spirit of the Yankee's fans prevailed and they held up their signs and banners in honor of `The Boss.' The scoreboard announced to the world that the Yanks were going to "WIN IT FOR The Boss."

George Steinbrenner could be explosive and a man who commanded nothing less that respect and loyalty from those around him. No doubt about it, he was a man that many loved to hate. He could be intimidating and when Steve Yerrid confronted him during a requested break in a meeting, he later remembered it as a "defining moment." George had been lambasting a lawyer at a meeting. "I did not fly you down here to have you lecture me or tell me what I HAVE to do. I'll decide that." The rampage continued, but when Steve told him in private, among other things, that "I can't allow you to talk to me that way or we are going to have a problem," the winds of fate intervened. Steinbrenner appreciated the gall of the young lawyer and a lifelong friendship had begun. George Steinbrenner, meet Steve Yerrid, a young `Hot Shot.'

Steinbrenner had taken over the team in 1973 and moved a $12 million failing franchise into a winning one.
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This is a beautiful coffee table type book with a pictorial history of the New York Yankees. So if you are a true Yankee fan or know of one, this is a must have book.

It is everything you expect in a fine coffee table book. The pages are glossy, thick and the photographs are stunning. Most of the pictures are full color but a few are black and white - and the contrast is quite impressive.

The book is also a tribute to George Steinbrenner. Most of us probably have an incorrect image of Mr. Steinbrenner. You will gain a much better appreciation of the man and his life story.

But the book is much more than just a collection of great photographs. It is a collection of lesson about life learned from baseball. The lessons learned are what make up a Championship Heart. There are 18 different lessons and for each lesson there is the word which captures the essence of that lesson. The first step in the lesson is to define the word. Next there are a couple of quotations concerning that word. Then that idea is captured in a series of pictures with some comments or quotes from Yankee players.

The 18 different lessons are: Preparation, Desire, Leadership, Attitude, Hard work and Determination, Confidence, Effort, Challenge, Courage, Perseverance, Vision, Integrity, Giving Back, Pride & Respect, Teamwork, Tradition, Perfection and Heart. If you master even a small percentage of these you will greatly improve your life.

Some of the more important lessons in the book are:

"The ability to have is so you can do things for others. If you can do things for others who are less fortunate, then it will come back to you." George Steinbrenner

"Always follow your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something.
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