George Steinbrenner, Yankees Owner, Dies At 80

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who suffered a heart attack earlier this morning, has died.

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  1. RIP George. Say what you will about the NYY payroll, but when Steinbrenner bought that team they couldn’t win OR sell out a game. He turned that team around. All the money he spent was to put the best team he could out there, and as a fan, I appreciated it.

  2. Bye , Bye George thanks for the great teams and the entertainment over the years. You made a lot of players rich men. The Hall of Fame awaits you ( in the executive wing of course).

  3. “‘This is a very important thing that we hold the string to,’ he said of the Yankees, his voice cracking. ‘This is the people‚Äôs team.'”
    — Richard Goldstein, NYT, 7/12/2010
    Sorry, Mr. Steinbrenner — maybe back in the 50’s and 60’s it was, but after you took over it became the very best team that the very most money could buy, and one that only the very wealthy can afford to see at the ballpark with any regularity.

  4. Don’t forget, if you have cable or direct tv, you are paying George’s estate $2 per month. I credit him for being a shrewd businessman and a charitable as well. Unfortunately, considering that insane payroll and how poor of a value it represents, it’s a damn good thing he was so good at bringing in the revenues to support it.

  5. There’s a line in Mark Harris’s great novel (and its subsequent movie version) “Bang The Drum Slowly” where the irascible manager of the baseball team tells his players that “When I die, the newspapapers will say the sons of bitches of the world have lost their leader” (or something close to that).
    I am sure this applies as easily to baseball team owner Steinbrenner as it does to Harris’s fictional manager. Yet love him or hate him (and no matter if he ever really had that fake-sounding “fight” in an elevator, no matter his curious love-hate-love-hate… relationship with Billy Martin, no matter even his tacky penchant for turtlenecks), he surely had an immense effect on the game, the sport and the business of baseball.

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