OK, perhaps a slight exaggeration. An example or two of dropping approx. $400 in two days at the Liquor Locker might only mean you’ve been on a dangerous binge entertaining guests. But the New York Daily News’ Mike Jaccarino and Rich Schapiro would have us believe embattled ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz “burned through thousands of dollars by buying high-priced booze and partying at expensive nightclubs.”

The glimpse into Leyritz’s 2003 financial records shows he spent large amounts of money on alcohol, swank clubs and ritzy hotels in Florida, New York and beyond.

The former catcher also struck out on his finances, watching more than $10 million he earned over 11 years in the majors shrink to about $600,000, records show.

The Daily News obtained the papers on the same day Fredia Ann Veitch, the 30-year-old Florida mother Leyritz killed in an alleged drunken-driving wreck, was remembered during an emotional memorial service.

His financial records from August 2003 to December 2003 tell a different story. On a two-week trip to New York in October, he dropped thousands of dollars at the China Club, Tao, Elaine’s and other nightspots. He also spent more than $3,000 at the Shelburne Murray Hill hotel.

In Florida, Leyritz blew through hundreds of dollars at liquor stores, including Fine Spirits in Cooper City. One day that August, he spent $256.23 there on alcohol. He returned two days later to buy an additional $169.53 worth of booze.

Hey, we can’t all have managed our money as wisely as Mort Zuckerman. Would Leyritz appear to be any less of a villan if the Daily News could prove he killed a woman while under the influence of Ripple?