A Sad Day in Baseball

Posted: July 13, 2010 by amyaubrey in MLB
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The Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner has passed away this morning after a massive heart attack.  In a statement released by the Yankees, they said, “He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”  Many people have been sending in their memories of King George, if you want to read them, Click Here.

The Yankees dedicated their recent World Series Championship to The Boss.  He always said that the only thing more important then winning was breathing.  He took over ownership of the Yankees in 1973 & was the longest tenured owner in Major League Baseball.  When he took over the Yankees were not very good & he brought them back to what they are today.  He is known for his hands-on style & spending so much money to build the best team.  Under his ownership, the Yankees won 7 World Championships & 11 American League pennants.

It doesn’t matter if you love or hate the Yankees, George Steinbrenner changed the face of baseball.  He & his larger then life personality brought about revenue sharing because of his lavish spending & caused weaker teams to get stronger.  He created YES Network to make the Yankee brand the most recognized brand in the world.  He once said that owning the Yankees was like owning the Mona Lisa.  Just as the old stadium was “The House that Ruth Built” the new one will forever be “The House that George Built.”  His health has been failing in recent years but always wanting to be the center of attention, I don’t doubt that he waited for Bob Sheppard to pass first so that way he could have him announce his arrival into sports heaven.  Rest in Peace, Boss.

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Comments
  1. Matt says:

    Big Stein was a great owner. As a Mets fan, I was always jealous of how he cared about winning so much. He truly embodied what we all want our owner to be like!

    He will truly be missed.

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