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King of New York

Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:15 am

No sports figure has ever ruled a city the way George Steinbrenner ruled New York.

I've lived in the New York area for the better part of 15 years and he owned this town. He commanded the back pages of tabloids and the whims of mayors with equal ease. For decades he was the engine that drove the New York sports scene.

In Green Bay, there was Vince Lombardi. In Cleveland, there was Paul Brown. In Dallas, there's Jerry Jones.

Steinbrenner's power and influence in New York dwarfed them all.

In reality, no sports executive transcended his sport the way Steinbrenner did. No one ever will. He became a running joke on "Seinfeld" and hosted "Saturday Night Live." He did all this while transforming baseball, making enemies and winning championships.

He was despised, cherished, loved and caricatured.

And he did it all on the greatest media stage in the world.
Category: MLB
Tags: Yankees

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:04 pm

King of New York

You either love the Yankees or you hate them. There was no doubt that Mr. Steinbrenner was an owner that cared deeply about his team and his family. He took over a franchise in disarray and turned them into what they are today; the greatest sports team in the world. He played by baseball's rules in making his team successful and was villified for doing so. A good friend of mine once said " I wish that I had an owner like yours; he wants to win at all costs and does whatever it takes to make that happen". I couldn't have said it better myself! This is a very sad day for baseball and especially the entire New Yok Yankee organization. There will never be another one like him. Goodbye Mr. Steinbrenner and thank you.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:43 am

King of New York

God Bless you George.  The whole truth of the matter is...... loving to hate is what makes baseball fun.  Thank you for providing most of us with that opportunity.  We loved to hate.

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