NEW YORK (WPIX)—Jim "the King" Leyritz stopped by the PIX11 studios to talk about his new autobiography, Catching Heat: The Jim Leyritz Story.
Leyritz is best remembered for his clutch home runs during the Yankees playoff runs in the late 1990's. He also holds the title of "The Athlete Who Hit the Last Home Run of the 20th Century" after hitting the final home run of the 1999 World Series.
The years following his Yankee heroics were also memorable but for all the wrong reasons. Leyritz was involved in a car crash in 2007 that killed a Florida woman. It was reported that both Leyritz and the other driver were intoxicated at the time.
Even though he was acquitted of vehicular manslaughter in 2010, Leyritz was convicted of a misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence.
In Catching Heat, Leyritz opens up about his life journey of being a World Series hero, being on trial, his family issues, and now getting his life back on track.
"I learned a lot about faith and that everything happens for a reason," Leyritz said to PIX11 anchor John Muller. "My spiritual faith really helped me get through this hard time. You have to learn from your failures."
Leyritz will have book signings at Barnes and Noble in Stamford, CT tonight, June 14th at 6:30 PM and a signing at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ on Thursday, June 16th at 6:30 PM.