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Steinbrenner Joins Sheppard

The Boss is dead.

George Steinbrenner, controversial, outspoken, occasionally ethically-challenged, but inarguably, one of the most successful owners in the history of sports has passed away on All-Star day. For the record, his legacy includes 11 American League pennants and 7 World Series championships.

From the family’s statement:

He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.

That, he did, though, sometimes, I have to say, he was infuriating. His decision to get rid of Reggie Jackson the year after he hit those three legendary World Series homers lost me as a Yankees fan. I’ve never really been loyal to any one baseball team ever since having spread my loyalties around to the Baltimore Orioles, the Atlanta Braves, the Yankees again and now the Washington Nationals.

Goodbye, George. You were hated by most baseball fans across America but mostly because you revived the evil empire and brought the Yankees 7 more rings. More importantly, in the end, you were beloved by New York fans and the Yankees players. I am sure, besides your family, that’s all that ever really mattered.

I heard a great saying the other day. I hope I get to heaven a half hour before the devil knows I’m dead. Not knowing the particulars, I’m just going to assume Bob Sheppard is making a special announcement at the pearly gates any moment now.

Categories: Culture, Sports
  1. Daniel Wornica
    July 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    George Steinbrenner was certainly a great owner, who’s purchase of the New York Yankees is one of the greatest business successes of all time. On the other hand the man was a tyrant who treated his employees and players like swine. I wonder how Hideki Irabu(fat toad) or Dave Winfield(Mr. May) are feeling today? Baseball banned him for several years for his unethical actions, hiring private investigators to find dirt on Winfield and others. The man could be tied directly to the skyrocketing salaries of the mid-90s which has turned baseball into a disjointed tangle of haves and have nots. I would compare Steinbrenner to Ted Kennedy a self righteous, immoral man who with success and time will be remembered only for championships while his long list of misdeeds will slip between the cracks and be virtually forgotten. Another example of how success is the best deodorant. If he had purchased the Kansas City Royals or some small market team his passing would be a non-descript event.

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