Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner represented everything wrong with big money ownership of sports teams. He also was a one of a kind character that makes current activist owners look like cheap imitations. Owner, law breaker, US airman, shipbuilder, and Seinfeld character, he lived a full life for a spoiled rich kid. My favorite Steinbrenner moment is when he snatched A-rod from the Rangers after an A-rod to the Red Sox trade fell through the cracks. The Sox were upset and released a statement bemoaning the Yankees' move. Steinbrenner responded with the truth and a good twisting of the knife....

"We understand that John Henry must be embarrassed frustrated and
disappointed by his failure in this transaction. Unlike the Yankees, he chose
not to go the extra distance for his fans in Boston. It is understandable, but
wrong that he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes on to
others and to a system for which he voted in favor. It is time to get on with
life and forget the sour grapes."

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