Blog Entry

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Posted on: October 30, 2009 5:58 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- The failing health of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, 79, is no secret.

But the depth of how rapidly Steinbrenner is deteriorating was dramatically on display following Game 2 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium. You just couldn't physically see it.

That's because the Blue Curtain dropped quickly and sharply following Game 2, with the Yankees -- or, to be more precise, a coterie of New York policemen and security guards working at their behest -- essentially placed on lockdown a main tunnel running outside of the clubhouses as the club moved Steinbrenner out of Yankee Stadium.

Not only do the Yankees not want anybody to speak with Steinbrenner, they're protecting his privacy so fiercely that they won't allow most people to even get a glimpse of him anymore.

Mechanized gates dropped suddenly from the ceiling to confine some officials to certain areas of the corridor -- including some surprised major league baseball officials who were not told beforehand and were suddenly trapped -- and keep them away from the vehicles transporting Steinbrenner. Temporary curtains were quickly set up as well to block views.

Security guards not only shut down the press elevator carrying media members downstairs to the interview areas until after Steinbrenner had departed, they also locked the doors downstairs, trapping several dozen media members in the stairwell.

One security guard shooing people out of the area, according to one official who was there at the time, said that they were "cleansing the hallway."

The Yankees also have gone so far as to tell major league baseball officials that they do not want Steinbrenner shown on television, according to one industry source.

As of now, Steinbrenner is not expected to return to Yankee Stadium if the World Series moves back there for Games 6 and, possibly, 7. Before attending Games 1 and 2, he had not been to the new Yankee Stadium since the home opener.

Likes: Derek Jeter saying before Friday's workout at Citizens Bank Park that he once dressed up as the singer Prince for Halloween back in Kalamazoo, Mich. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, working for the World Series for Fox television, promising to keep his potty mouth clean during his appearances on the tube: "I only curse when the Chicago media is around me," Guillen quipped. ... The Woody Allen sandwich at Carnegie Deli. Corned beef and pastrami, and thoroughly delicious. The giant pickles are delicious, too. ... Long walk in Central Park on Thursday. Gorgeous day, beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves and as an added bonus, they were setting up the finish line for Sunday's New York Marathon. ... The fall foliage along the Amtrak line Friday morning while going old-school and riding the train from New York to Philadelphia. ... The No. 4 train to Yankee Stadium. You really feel like you're in New York when you're on the subway. ... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night sure looked terrific, and I can't wait to watch it on HBO Thanksgiving weekend. But it will be edited, not shown in its entirety, and I can only hope the network doesn't chop it up too much. ... Just because the World Series had an off day Friday doesn't mean there wasn't a big game: Best of luck to the Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High football team, which hosts its opening playoff game Friday night against Harper Woods High.

Dislikes: Baseball on Halloween. Baseball should be finished by Halloween. Especially for those of us who really would like to take our children trick or treating.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"It was so easy living day by day
"Out of touch with the rhythm and blues
"But now I need a little give and take
"The New York Times, The Daily News"

-- Billy Joel, New York State of Mind


Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 6:26 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

I started reading these comments and it actually brought a tear to my eye.  I can't believe there are people out that would wish ill will on George Steibrenner.  It is baseball and his actions like them or hate them envolved him doing what he thought best for his baseball team.  How does that translate into him being a terrible person or somebody who deserves pain and suffering.  I would not wish ill will on my worst enemy and it saddens me that I am raising young children in this world and they may be going to school with one of these hate mongers children.  I am not even religious at all but I have a senses of morals and would never bring my kids to a sporting event to witness somebody fighting over and acting like idiots over something as trivial as sports.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 1:53 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

George Steinbrenner made his money and his fame by living in the public spotlight.  For years we watched him in his up moments and his down moments.  That his health is failing, while certainly a regrettable and terrible thing, is just one more reason he's in the spotlight.  Unfortunately, he'll never have true privacy because of who he is, even though I also believes he doesn't need the media hounding him.  There's no doubt that he's among the better owners in baseball history, and even though I'm not a Yankees fan I still respect his desire to build a winning team.  But in my opinion the best owner of all time is the man who made it possible for Steinbrenner to build the teams he did - Branch Rickey. 

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 12:04 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Miller, you are a very insensitive piece of crap. You only wrote this article because you were probably one of the jilted media members and you felt you needed to fire back at a family who wants to keep a once powerful man's health issues a secret. Why CBS would put this garbage on their site is beyond me. You're trash, Miller.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 3:31 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Vitamin D deficiency does not cause breast cancer.  And it is neither contracted nor inherited in the strictest sense of either word; it is a spontaneous event with genetic and environmental contributions.  Anyone reading regularly see your doctor, discuss and follow their advice, and be sure to undergo the appropriate screenings for cancers and alzheimer's diseases so that conditions are detected early.  Don't just pop some vitamin and think it's going to help.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 3:03 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

George made his fortune being a big-mouthed buffoon (more often than not) in public. He deserves no more privacy than the he allowed when he vented about his players in public.

As for his worsening health? He hasn't been well since the Red Sox came from 0-3 to embarrass his Yankers

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 2:46 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Ms. Dokadow, I commend you for raising awareness to breast cancer....and you're supposedly preventative measures...such as vit cannot "contract breast cancer....its genetics."  Some have a greater predisposition to it such as the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene...and if there is a family history of the disease. Then you should schedule an appointment with your physician to get yourself checked out and btw....the more the family members that have relatives (being alert to when that relative first got diagnosed with breast cancer etc..)....the higher the chances of developing breast cancer ...and not someone...could really pass it on to you just by coughing on you. As for breast cancer treatment....we have to educate our young and raise awareness about breast cancer....early detection is the date.......only surgical and radiation therapies...have proven to be effective...and not so called vitamins.  The so called vitamin're alluding to comes in everyday nutritive meals we eating or taking in a couple more vitamins...won't help...because...once the body has its required dose of lets say vitamin C its excretes the it does not matter how much you overload yourself with the vit D3...okay.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 1:57 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Mr.Steinbrenner' should have all the prvicy that he wants. If he want to go to all of this , than he should be able to. Like him or hate him , he is the greatest owner ever. EVERY ONE WOULD HAD LOVE TO HAVE  MR.S. OWN THEIR TEAM. HE IS A WINNER. ITS HIS MONEY SO IS THE TEAM.HE GAVE  NEWYORK THE BEST EAM THAT HE COULD. HOPE HE STAYS AROUND FOR AWHILE.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 1:50 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

And world..........DITTO to you with my above post.......

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 1:48 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Beanie, you are the most classless piece of crap I've ever seen........I'm a diehard yankee fan and if something like that happened to any Red Sock I would NOT say something that tasteless. You are the type of person who needs to have something similar happen to someone YOU care about to open you eyes and realize what a gutless lowlife you are..........

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 11:17 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

I hope you arent serious with this "deserving" crap.  Oh wait, your moniker is Barak...   so I guess you are serious, a substandard society by way of redistribution is in your DNA.  In other words...give those who work less and earn "D"'s  an "A" because they somehow deserve it.  So when does your next welfare check arrive in the mail?

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or