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Tag:George Steinbrenner
Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Steinbrenner envy

Growing up a Royals fan, George Steinbrenner was the enemy. He wore the black hat and wore it proudly.

For young me, he was the easy villain -- he showed no loyalty, firing everyone in sight, throwing around money as freely as his temper. It was an easy target.

As I got older, I realized what Steinbrenner really was, the rare owner who wanted to win as much -- if not more -- than any fan. He was the new (and still rare) breed who owned a team like a fan. He did whatever was necessary to win, putting that above the dollar. In so, he made many dollars. He bought low and took the Yankees and game to new heights.

More than anything, Steinbrenner was the type of owner you wanted as a fan. Everything he did -- right and wrong -- was due to his desire to win. He was the anti-David Glass, caring more about winning than the bottom line. To Steinbrenner, winning helped the bottom line and in the end, he was proven correct. It was certainly an advantage he owned the Yankees instead of the Indians, there are inherent advantages in owning a team in New York, but it took a special person to figure that out (ask a Dolan how that works).

In the end, Steinbrenner is the father of modern baseball. He took full advantage of his bully pulpit and brought the bidding wars to baseball and won his fair share and more of those.

There are plenty of negatives to Steinbrenner, but today's not the time for that. Steinbrenner's legacy is winning. He died with the Yankees in first and the reigning World Champions, in the end, that's exactly how he'd want it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Yankees' Steinbrenner dies at 80

One of baseball's most divisive and important figures, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, has died at 80 in his adopted hometown of Tampa, Fla., after suffering a heart attack.

Steinbrenner was part of a great that bought the ailing New York Yankees in 1973 from CBS and returned them to their dynastic -- and sometime tyrannical -- ways. As owner, he earned the nickname, "The Boss" and was in every way, hiring and firing managers at will -- including the fiery Billy Martin, who served as Steinbrenner's field mirror and was fired five times by Steinbrenner.

Steinbrenner was the face of free agency, first with Catfish Hunter and later making Dave Winfield the highest player in baseball following the 1980 season in an attempt to fix the Yankees in one fell swoop. It would be a pattern often repeated during his regime.

In the end, Steinbrenner was as hated as he was loved, but he bought the Yankees for $8.8 million in 1973 and returned the team to glory -- and as it was always said, he did it his way.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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