A few photos from my time with the Yankees.
How I Got the Job
Below is one of the original letters that I sent to the Yankees in October 1991, when I was 16 years old. This was shortly after it occurred to me while watching a game from the bleachers that someone might be able to apply to be a batboy, and before I understood it was naive to expect a response. I mailed copies to everyone in the Yankees front office who I imagined might be involved in bat boy hiring, from George Steinbrenner on down to the field manager Stump Merrill. Looking back, my favorite part is the handwritten dual signature line at the bottom — my best attempt at age 16 to project to the General Manager of the New York Yankees that I meant business!
My First Day with the Yankees
My story for “The Moth” about my first day of work as a Yankees bat boy, Opening Day 1992.
Recorded in 2003 before a live audience in New York City.
Matthew McGough – My First Day with the Yankees (right-click to download as mp3)
NYT, 1993: “A Yankee Batboy Who Made It On His Own”
A New York Times profile published in September 1993, just before I left the Yankees to begin college.
My own baseball card (with stats!)
A fun faux baseball card a friend made to help me promote the book when it was first published.