Was signed by Fred Ferreira
and recommended by Roberto Rivera...attended the University of Puerto Rico, working toward a degree in biology...graduated
from Escuela Libre de Musica H.S. in San Juan...won four gold medals at the age of 15 at an international track meet...was
one of the world's top 400- meter runners for his age group...played Little League and Babe Ruth League as a youngster, playing
against Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez...enjoys playing classical guitar and listening to jazz...took over for Don Mattingly
as the Yankees' representative for the Children's Health Fund in 1997, donating and raising money for each home run he hits...established
by singer Paul Simon, the Fund provides health care for underpriviledged and homeless children nationwide...in 2003 released
his debut jazz Album "The Journey Within"...received the 2004 Joe DiMaggio "Toast of the Town" Award from the New York Chapter
of the B.B.W.A.A.
2005 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Hit .249 (121-for-485) with 12 HR and 64 RBIs in 141 games (99 starts in center field and 22 at
designated hitter). ... Over the last 10 seasons (1996-2005), ranks eighth in the Major Leagues with 1,626 hits. ... Is senior
Yankee in continuous service time with the club, playing his 15th season (1991-2005) and is now only the 10th player in franchise
history to wear pinstripes for 15 seasons, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Frank Crosetti, Yogi Berra,
Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Roy White. ... Hit game-winning, seventh-inning grand slam on 5/16 at Seattle, his 11th career
grand slam and his first since 8/8/04 win vs. Toronto. ... Was 4-for-5 with three-run HR and 5 RBIs in 7/2 win at Detroit.
... His fourth-inning single surpassed Don Mattingly for sole possession of fifth place on the Yankees all-time hit list.
... Hit game-winning two-run walk-off HR in the 11th in 8/13 win vs. Texas. Was his third walk-off home run of his career
and first since 9/30/04 vs. Minnesota. ... Recorded the 2,215th hit of his career in fourth inning of 9/27 loss at Baltimore,
surpassing Joe DiMaggio (2,214) for fourth place on the Yankees' all-time list.