I hate the Yankees. I always have. But I can’t deny they’re the greatest franchise in baseball, if not sports. When they hit a cold spell, George Steinbrenner took over as owner. He quickly reestablished the team as a contender and eventual champion.
Steinbrenner is a sports icon. He was fond of the spotlight and prompted many “WTF” moments for us. He hired Billy Martin as manager five times although the two men couldn’t stand each other. He said stupid things. He was, in short, kind of an ass. But he changed baseball. And he deserves to be recognized for his contributions.
“Seinfeld” would never have been the same without you, George. And baseball has lost a champion.
George Steinbrenner: July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010