- Posted September 29, 2013 by
bronx, New York
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NY Yankees Veteran Assistant Playhouse Manager Diagnosed with Colon Cancer & Denied Medical coverage by Yankees Organization
For 17 years, from Batboy to assistant playhouse manager, Jake Ryan, each and every year spring training & baseball season has worked in the New York Yankees Clubhouse & Spring training in Tampa, Florida.
Each Spring training for the past 17 years, he is in Tampa for spring training, setting up the Yankees clubhouse, Visitors clubhouse & making sure they are better than well fed. This is "within him", in the better than good vision of customer, to all the Yankee players & Clubhouse visiting player teams.
When Baseball season starts, he is a living magnet in the Yankees clubhouse, working day and night in making sure the players & teams are set up prior, for incoming visiting teams in the Yankees multi-million dollar clubhouses and outgoing preparations for when the Yankees go on the road. This in reality & being is many night and day having to live and sleep at the stadium.
He is known to all the players in Major League Baseball for his cooking expertise in providing food preparation as his nickname over the year has become "Cheesesteak Jake."
During this 2013 season, this August, Jake was diagnosed with colon cancer.
The doctors advised instead of the orthodox of chemotherapy first, the urgency of him having surgery to remove the "3 pound tumor" within his colon.
Jake had the surgery and now is in the process of going thru chemotherapy.
You would believe that "Being" with the Yankees, what benefits one, most usually benefits all?
This is not the case!
Working with the Yankees for 17 years, Jake has never been eligible for insurance or medicare. His salary is quite minimal and based on tips from the visiting players and the ending result of the Yankees winning the Baseball Pennant & hopeful Bonus & tips from players & Yankee organization, when they win the World Series at end of Season.
We would tend to believe that the "New York Yankee", one of the highest net worth Billion dollar sports teams would take care of one of their own with the same success with his 17 years of dedication & service providing?
The answer is, NO!
Jake has had to turn to family & friends. He has had to turn to creating a crowd-funding on 'Gofundme' to raise the minimum, 250,000 dollars to pay for his duration in hospital, surgery and going forward chemotherapy.
I know 100% the personal legacy and story of "Jake Ryan" personally as i have grown up with him thru thick and thin as one of my best friends; who has been with me thru my roughest times in life and alway been there for me; while working with the Yankees for his 17 year duration.
I am outraged and appalled that I have to write this story, as it is quite a disgrace on the New York Yankee organization. To not provide the integrity and justice in Human Magnified Nature & service, and take care of one of their own in their Yankee history & Baseball Dynasty Legacy. Where is George Steinbrenner when you need him? God Rest his Soul!
You would think after column in the New York Post, of his "Colon Cancer Story", the Yankee Organization after seeing the Baltimore Orioles Players donate "help" during his surgery during the August Baseball Season. This was not the Case?
Yes, Mariano Rivera (Sandman) & Andy Pettitte, this is their last year as Yankees and they are retiring. What about Jake Ryan?
With this being said, the Yankees have not showed up for Jake Ryan is one in the same of not showing up to make the 2013 playoffs.
What many tend to forget, we make money by making friends, and we create 'Wholeness & Oneness' in enlarging our circle of friends by making champions of them.
Fairness without intention is simply non-beneficial in this case at present for Jake Ryan. This in "Yankees Being" , their "Moral becoming Immoral". The Yankee players have said they will create a fund in the making, but this is in the becoming?
This in my Spiritual reality, may be the reason the Yankee did not make the playoffs. Its time for the Yankees to instead of looking forward, reason back the 17 years, Jake Ryan has been a Yankee veteranSubmit?
'No high priced salary','No medicare', and 'No insurance'. What does he get in return? A fight of his life with Colon Cancer and the Yankee Front office more worried about the personal legacy of it players retiring.
This should have been a "No-brainer" to Yankee organization and been a "First Principle", urgent priority! What do you think is more important?
In Love, Wholeness & Oneness Corey Biggs