RIP Big Stein

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10 Comments on RIP Big Stein

  1. He gave chances to Steve Howe, dale Berra, Dwight Gooden, and Darrell Strawberry. While those dudes were employed by Steinbrenner, they cleaned up their acts.

    He traded away great players, he bought great players, his money discovered and nurtured great players, he gave average players a stage to be great on.

    he was generous, mean, loud, kind, insensitive, felonious, pardoned, caring, impatient, loyal, fierce, weird, successful, dumb, brilliant, and most of all he wanted and often won.

    He will be missed. When Frank Sinatra died, I said the exact same thing I will say about George Steinbrenner….What a life.

  2. Viva Rufino Linares! // July 13, 2010 at 11:50 am //

    As much as I loathe the Yankees, Big Stein wanted a winner every year. His business was baseball, period. I’d take a Steinbrenner every day over Faceless Corporate Entity.

  3. jermaine's dye // July 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm //

    Well said.

    Still though. Would rather have this guy…

  4. Viva Rufino Linares! // July 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm //

    I would LOVE to have Ted back. He wanted to win, also. With a little bit crazy. He was as original an owner as Steinbrenner, if not more so

  5. Jack Straw // July 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm //

    It has never crossed my mind that George Steinbrenner was good for baseball. I doubt I will embrace the notion. He was a bully who got his way because he had more money. But when he referred to Hideki Irabu as a “fat toad” even I had to laugh.

    Give me Veeck or Ted Turner or Charlie O. any day. Those guys wanted to win, but they wanted the fans to have a little fun while doing it. Can anyone say the same of Steinbrenner?

  6. I’d say Ted was/is crazier, but less of an asshole.

  7. PepeFreeUs // July 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm //

    Charlie O. Finley might have been a loon but he was closer to Marge Schott than Ted.

  8. Ted, Charlie O and Bill Veeck were crazy. George was calculated crazy.

  9. Jack Straw // July 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm //

    Tell me one thing Big George did to make baseball fun? Somebody? Anybody? He had no appreciation or respect for the game or its traditions. He wanted to win, sure, but only for his own ego. He cared nothing about the game, other than a means of self-glorification.
    If he was “calculated” crazy, why was so much of his money wasted? By all accounts, his Yankees should have won a lot more games than they did. And their farm system has only produced in recent years, with Jeter, Cano, Posada, Rivera.

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