Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/28/12
Mickey Mantle's is down to its last out. The landlord is trying to evict the fan-favorite eatery once owned by the legendary Yankee slugger from its 25-year home on Central Park South for nonpayment of rent. "They want to get rid of us at the end of May," said current owner Chris Villano, who put the place into bankruptcy a few months ago. But a pinch-hitter has stepped up to try rescuing Mantle's -- Bill Liederman, a friend of Villano who was No. 7's original partner and sold his stake, coincidentally, seven years ago. "We need $1 million to get it back on its feet," said Liederman, who just returned to the restaurant and is ready to go down swinging. To raise the dough, he is trying to persuade former pinstripers including David Cone, Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage to chip in as little as $10,000 each. But Liederman says he cannot get to first base with current team members. "Their agents just laugh," he said. Villano said he kept up the cafe despite a recent business falloff...
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