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George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:40 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 10:47 am
 

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- He was the Babe Ruth of owners, the lion of summer, the scourge of anybody who dared step in his path when the New York Yankees were on the move.

Rival teams, fellow owners, free agents ... nobody had a chance when Steinbrenner was in full howl and packing that fat wallet.

All good things come to an end, but you could be forgiven if you figured Steinbrenner would own the Yankees forever, even in light of the health failures that caused him to recede into the background over the past few years and turn day-to-day operations over to his sons.

Ding, dong, The Boss is dead.

But imagining the Yankees without Steinbrenner is like picturing the Yankees without a baseball.

He was Yankee Stadium, the World Series and the Fourth of July all rolled into one blustering, colorful, maddening package. Fact is, he was born on the Fourth of July, which is just about perfect, and he died on the morning of the All-Star Game, which is among the top few most fitting dates for his passing, trailing, maybe, only the day after another Yankees world title.

He loved his country and he loved his Yankees as much as anything in life, sometimes to his credit (seven World Series titles won during his ownership) and sometimes to his detriment (in 1974, he pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon's presidential campaign).

To those baseball fans who hated him, I would only ask this:

If you could have, would you have traded the owner of your club for an in-his-prime Steinbrenner if, with the package, came Steinbrenner's same zeal to win and gusto to make the hometown fans proud?

Of course you would have. No questions asked.

He was quintessentially American, an icon, a baseball all-timer and, as he would want to be remembered I'm sure, a true Yankee.

Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:50 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

Not necessarily... Babe Ruth - Nice. Cobb - Curmudgeon



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 4:39 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

   Is a comparison to Ty Cobb intended as an insult ?? Cobb's in the Hall of Fame. He's got to be included in any discussion of the greatest players of all time... and there's ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT Cobb HATED to lose and he would do anything he could to win a game. He held to his own beliefs regardless of what others thought about him and wouldn't be the total role-model I hold up for my kids to follow. Neither would I want my children to follow all the examples set forth by "King" George... but loyalty, self-confidence, charity and the willingness to SUCCEED in a truly competitive atmosphere can't be thrown out the window just because he was loud, rude and sometimes went too far. He didn't create free-agency and he didn't buy a winning ball club. He created the modern Yankee empire by using free agency just the way players NEEDED it to be used.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:24 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

This man was undoubtably one of the best owners in MLB history. Anyone who says otherwise is a Red Sox fan or a moron. The Yankees have won 5 of the last 15 World Series' including 2 other wins under George. The Yankees have also won a total of 27 out of the last 83 world series', and any owner who was a part of that has to go down as a great. Also like BNMike said before me, even with paying all his players millions, he still finds a way to donate to charity. He is a man with a heavy heart and knows what to do to win baseball games. Rest In Peace George Steinbrenner.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:52 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

I only hope that George gets his full due now.  I am sure that any number of articles written about him will mention the Nixon campaign, the Howie Spira incident, and his rants and firings.  What everyone loses sight of is that Steinbrenner was also tremendously dedicated to charity.  Whether it was a formal charity (like the Yankee Foundation or Yankees Universe) or more informal (he would often donate tickets to youth organizations and even helped put people's children through college), I hope George gets the appropriate respect.  Yes, he could be a tyrant to work for, but he was a tyrant with a huge heart.



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:52 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

"If you could have traded the owner of your club for an in-his-prime Steinbrenner, with the package, came Steinbrenners same zeal to win and gusto to make the hometown fans proud?"

No, the man has ruined the game.  I wish he had never been the owner of the Yankees or any other team or been involved in baseball at all.

Other than that, may he rest in peace.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:27 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

You're a bitter fan and and ASS!!



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:14 pm
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

The "Babe Ruth" of owners???... More like Ty Cobb if you ask me. 'Nuff Said!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:06 am
 

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

The All Star game just got 2 montage and tear filled hours longer.....


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