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LaFountain talks about Steinbrenner

By By MIKE LEVIN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - J.T. LaFountain may not have ever met George Steinbrenner, but in his time playing in the Yankee organization, he remembers the Boss's committment to winning.

"He would address all the minor league players every year, just to get them motivated and stressed that he really didn't like to lose. That's why we were there, so that was a good motivation piece that got us going every spring," LaFountain said Tuesday from the MVCC Admissions Office, where he currently works.

LaFountain, who played baseball at Proctor, followed by the University of Louisville, was signed by his favorite team in 2005.  He then played in the lower Minor Leagues for two years, shuttling between the Gulf Coast Yankees, Staten Island Yankees and the Charleston Riverdogs. 

By 2007 he made it as far as the Double-A Trenton Thunder, but had to retire after recurring injuries to his elbow, which he first suffered at Proctor.

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