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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: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 11:15 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

While I think Steinbrenner having Alzheimers is terrible I think equally as terrible is the media's, AND OUR, warped sensibility that we are some how entitled to the story.  I say our because this generation..and the few to follow it, are the most guilty of this "right to know" mentality.  Just because you are a yank fan, doesn't mean you should know all about a very private, family concern.  Case in point, this story (and others like it) as well as throngs of paparazzi are trying their DAMNEDEST to get this story or a unfiltered pic of Steinbrenner.  Why?  Because it sells!   To mopes like us.  I'm a Met fan, so any thing Steinbrenner wants to do in this situation is fine by me...because i don't particularly give a snit.  But how about we give the man his space, just for snits and giggles?  Instead of involving ourselves in yet another situation (much like the Angels handling of Nick Adenhart) that has NOTHING TO DO WITH US!  Clearly his health (or lack there of) is NOT inhibiting the yanks from reaching the WS.  Let the man rest AT peace, before he has to rest in peace.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2009 11:12 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

YOUR A PIECE OF S#$%!!!!!!

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 9:06 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Oh well. It is time for him to meet his maker. Cheaten fool.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 8:45 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

4 more deserving teams? Was there an extra non televised, non public playoff that no one knows about? The TWO deserving teams are in the series because they made it through the playoffs

Just because a team has never made it to the Series means they deserve it? you must be a Sillidelphia Sillie fan to make such a silly statement

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2009 6:08 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

If the Yankees don't want people to focus on "the Boss" they should bag the "Win it for the Boss" t-shirts and other similar hype.  If they want respect and distance for the man, they should give it.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 6:08 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Mr. Miller could have come up with a better off day story than Mr. Steinbrenner's health and the lengths the club went to in protecting his privacy. If Steinbrenners health was his only option then he should have posted no story at all.  He could have conjured up an article out of his "Likes and Dislikes" section if he really set his mind to it. Tastless article.

I well understand in a YouTube generation this is must see stuff, a once great man now just a shell of his former self posted for everybody to see and judge. I find this behavior pathetic and juvenile. At this point there is no reason to see Mr. Steinbrenner. I do no need to compair his physical apperance with other high profile individuals stricken with the illness to know how tremendously sad it is for the families involved.

The right to privacy is something that should be respected. Mr. Steinbrenner has give enough to New York, he owes them nothing. Remember the man for what he once was, not what he has become.

Somewhere in this world women scream
and children shout.
But there is no joy in Muddville,
for the mighty Scott Miller has struck out.

Game called.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 4:33 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Kindly posty gchwood, my father died from Alzheimer's actually it was his third case of pneumonia that was fatal, but it was the Alzheimer's that set up the situation. My Father gave over a 100 pints of blood to the Red Cross, created the first Parents Teachers Association in our community some 50 years ago, was a long time scout leader ( well higher than that but don't remember the title that the top scout in a city is endowed with), was involved with many charitable events, a retired WW2 Major, kept active afterwards with his Regiment, can well understand how the Steinbrenner family would like to keep the decorum of a great man intact, as to exposing him as a veritable ghost of the man he once was, understand this is Halloween Day, but please leave this man his dignity !

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2009 12:58 am

Stop hating

I couldnt care less if the f'n Yankees ever make the playoffs again. Screw the Yankees. That being said, all you Steinbrenner haters need to step off. It's just baseball. George Steinbrenner never screwed anyone out of their retirement or swindled us out of taxpayer dollars (that I know of). He created wealth for himself and earned the oppportunity to purchase a major league baseball team (have you?). I wouldn't wish Alzheimer's on my worst enemy. The man has a family that is going through hell watching their loved one lose his grip on reality on a certain path toward death. If you sincerely wish a horrible, torturous death upon a man who happens to own a baseball team that you don't happen to support, you need to seriously question your own humanity and priorities. New York Yankees: I hope you never win another world series in my lifetime. Steinbrenner family: my feelings are with you and I wish nothing but he best as you cope with this terrible situation.

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2009 12:51 am

Steinbrenner's health worsening

Good for the Yankees.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 12:45 am

Living vicariously through A-Rod

If that's the truth then Steinbrenner alrady has a foot in the dirt. 

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