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.
Posted on: September 10, 2009 8:02 am
Edited on: September 10, 2009 10:09 am
It goes beyond any pure number.
He's the face of the sport.
He doesn't kill dogs.
He doesn't get arrested.
He's not a flatulent waste of talent like John Daly.
There are no steroid accusations.
No baby momma issues.
No morbid acts of stupidity on the field.
No drunk driving arrests.
Just great baseball and production of the right kind of drama.
Considering today's athlete those attributes might be the best Jeter record of all.
Posted on: February 7, 2009 12:30 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2009 12:41 pm
He's a turd of a human being and a rat and an alleged woman beater but when it came to steroids Jose Canseco was dead on.
Almost everyone he's named as a steroid cheat in his books has proven to be, well, a steroid cheat.
If the report about Alex Rodriguez is correct, Rodriguez would be the latest player named by Canseco as an alleged steroid user who was.
Remember, Canseco claimed that he introduced Rodriguez to what Canseco said was a known steroid user.
Canseco is a despicable person who deserves to have his ass kicked.
But he sure did nail this steroid mess.
Meanwhile, the home run kings are falling so quickly legends like Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron look better every day.
Posted on: January 25, 2009 6:51 pm
That's it. That's the bottom line.
Torre can now try to weasel out of the information he told author Tom Verducci but Torre's name is on the upcoming book and if the reports are true he stabbed his former organization in the back.
Two New York newspapers are quoting parts of the book and the information they're quoting is extremely damaging to the Yankees. Part of the book reportedly says that Alex Rodriguez was called "A-Fraud" by teammates and that Rodriguez had an obsession with Derek Jeter (not that there's anything wrong with that). Torre also supposedly rips Brian Cashman.
This is not Torre's finest moment and no amount of backtracking by Torre can change that.
What I fail to understand is Torre's motivation? What does Torre have to gain by writing these things? He can't need money. He's made tens of millions. He's one of the wealthiest managers in the history of the sport.
That leaves revenge.
Torre was good to the Yankees and the Yankees were good to Torre. I haven't seen any books from Cashman ripping Torre so why does Torre feel the need to rip his old employers.
This does not look good for Torre. He comes off as a petulant child still bitter about his Yankee breakup. He's injured his reputation as someone who was classy and stayed above it all.
Hope it was worth it, Joe.