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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: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2009 7:57 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

It is extremely sad to see the Yankees doing well without Mr. Steinbrenner being able to add to the excitement. Whether you like or dislike the man, he always added excitement and an air of unpredictability that was entertaining. I'll bet the players have the highest motivation to bring home another championship for the "old man". I once saw a story in a national magazine that rated the Yankees under his ownership the number one place to play - not due to money - but due to how you were treated. I hope his health holds up and he can enjoy what is going on at this time.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2009 7:25 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

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Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2009 7:24 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

While I agree that Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, and I do think that a public figure would go a long way to bring exposure to it.  It is the family's prerogative to deny the public that image of Mr. Steinbrenner.  I know that if my grandfather was suffering from the disease, I would not have wanted the press surrounding him if he were famous.  
Furthermore, has the public battles with Parkinson's of Muhammad Ali and Michael J Fox, really helped raise awareness of the disease.  I don't think so.  I think awareness comes from personal experiences.  Breast cancer has gained so much awareness because people know someone who has had it or has died from it, not from celebrities.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2009 7:08 pm

Steinbrenner's health worsening

I've heard that Mr. Steinbrenner has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. If so, I think it's a shame for the family to be so secret about his illness. I do understand the privacy of a family but Alheimer's is such a dreadful disease and we need all the exposure we can get to help raise awareness and to put an end to this disease that kills. If they wanted too, the Steinbrenner family could really help in pushing legislation and to educate people that this disease can inflict people in their 30's and 40's. We need to battle this disease just like we do with breast cancer and other horrible diseases.

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