Remembering The Boss: Yankees Plan Tributes To Steinbrenner, Sheppard

See Pinstripe Alley and for much more on Steinbrenner throughout the day.

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Game Against Rays Seems Secondary

Tonight promises to be an emotional one at Yankee Stadium as the team has planned tributes to mark the passing of owner George Steinbrenner and legendary PA announcer Bob Sheppard.

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee will not be invited.


Ex-Boston Pitcher Bill Lee Still Hates Steinbrenner

Even after all these years, and George Steinbrenner’s death, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee can’t let go of his hatred of The Boss.

“Trust me, if hell freezes over, he’ll be skating,” Lee told a reporter for WMUR-9 in Manchester, N.H.

Lee began the 58-second interview by saying, “As far as Steinbrenner’s passing? Good.”

That’s real classy, Bill.


Funeral For Steinbrenner Will Be Private

From the Daily News, funeral plans are set for George Steinbrenner. The New York Yankees will also hold a public memorial at Yankee Stadium


'We Expect To Win Every Year'

Even with George Steinbrenner gone, do not expect the New York Yankees to spend less money, or care about winning any less.

Little figures to change in the operation of the New York Yankees following George Steinbrenner’s death Tuesday at age 80. His role for several years had been to give approval to decisions already made by the pinstriped management team he put in place.

In the second season of their $1.5 billion new Yankee Stadium, the team has unrivaled resources other franchises can’t even dream of.

“We expect to win every year. We’ve said that. We always say that,” Hal Steinbrenner said last July. “Our job is to field a championship-caliber team every year.”

As we have seen the past few seasons, the Yankees will just do it from now on with a lot less flair from the front office.


Mets' Owners Issue Steinbrenner Statement

From the Mets’ official website.

“The passing of George Steinbrenner marks the end of an era in New York City baseball history. George was a larger-than-life figure and a force in the industry. The rise and success of his teams on the field and in the business marketplace under his leadership are a testament to his skill, drive and determination. All of us at the Mets send our deepest condolences to his wife Joan, his sons Hank and Hal, daughters Jennifer and Jessica, his grandchildren, and everyone at the Yankees organization.”


Yankee All-Stars Will Play With Boss In Mind

New York Yankee players reacted with sadness to the news of George Steinbrenner’s passing.

“I miss him being around, motivating us, patting us on the back, knowing how badly he wants to win,” [Andy] Pettitte said. "He has obviously done so much for the city of New York and has meant as much to baseball as anybody, I believe.

“He has not only pushed our organization, he has pushed other organizations to be greater, so he’s raised the bar. He was a pioneer for baseball.”


Nets' Owner Issues Steinbrenner Statement

Mikail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets, has issued a statement on the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Yankees organization and the Steinbrenner family on the passing of George Steinbrenner. He was more than a legend in the world of baseball, he was a man with true global impact. Mr. Steinbrenner was also a co-owner of the Nets during their most successful period in the NBA. For new franchise owners like myself, he was a model of how to build a dynasty team and what can be achieved if you have enough heart and vision. He was an absolute original.”


Lou Lamoriello Discusses 'Exceptional' Relationship with Steinbrenner

People forget that The Boss was briefly a partial owner of the Devils, and was responsible for Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s hiring with the Nets. The rarely anything but businesslike Lamoriello turns melancholy in remembering Big Stein.


Pinstripe Alley Staffers Share Their Thoughts

Contributors to SB Nation’s Yankees website, Pinstripe Alley, have joined forces for a collective tribute to Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.


New York Giants Owners Remember The Boss

John Mara and Steve Tisch of the New York Giants issued statements regarding the death of George Steinbrenner this morning.


There Will Never Be Another Boss

Jeff Blair of The Globe and Mail has penned one of the best tributes to George Steinbrenner that I have read thus far today. Here is part of it:

To be polite, Steinbrenner lived a textured life: banned from the game at one point, by the mid-Eighties he had racked up almost $700,000 in fines from the commissioner’s office for a variety of offences related to the game. He was suspended from the game for two years by then-commissioner Bowie Kuhn after pleading guilty to making illegal corporate contributions to President Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election bid and trying to influence employees of his shipping company to lie to a grand jury. But that suspension was commuted to 15 months and he was pardoned by President Ronald Reagan in 1989.

But for all the profligate ways and benefits, remember this: it was on Steinbrenner’s watch that the core of the Yankees dynasty was drafted and built. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams were signed and retained. Steinbrenner overpaid for free agents – but most importantly, he kept his core happy. He set the tone for a business model that built a huge, new revenue-generating ballpark in the Bronx – not some suburb – and created a sports broadcasting empire that is the envy of most pro teams. The Yankees didn’t always win World Series – check the first decade of this century to see that – but they were the measuring stick of every team in every way.

You can debate all day whether baseball is still America’s game, but in George Steinbrenner – the man whose order to keep playing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch in perpetuity after the 9/11 terror attacks was never challenged – the best and worst of America often overlapped. As did the best and worst of the game.


More Steinbrenner Tributes

From Peter Abraham, who used to be a New York Yankee beat writer.

In my 1st year covering the #Yankees, most of spring training was spent chasing George down hallways. He was bigger than any player

A Steinbrenner timeline from the Daily News.

From Ken Davidoff.

George dominated my life, as a #Yankees reporter. When my wife called to say we were expecting, I was chasing him down a corridor in Tampa.

Steinbrenner’s greatest quotes.

From Jeff Schultz.

Knock Steinbrenner all you want. He was the owner every sports fan wants: #Yankees #Steinbrenner


Remembering The Boss: Tributes To Steinbrenner Pouring In

With the passing of New York Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner, the tributes to The Boss are coming in. Following are items from Twitter, SB Nation New York staff and other places remembering the legendary Yankee owner.

Joba Chamberlain via Twitter.

We all suffered a huge loss today! Mr. Steinbrenner was a great man, great owner, that did so many amazing things. You will truly be missed!

From Jason Rosenberg.

Wondering if The Boss is arguing with Billy Martin right now. Probably.

From's Jon Heyman.

biggest memory of george was his return march 1, 1993, in ft. lauderdale. he was in all his glory. seems like yesterday.

The Sporting News calls Steinbrenner a "larger than life baseball icon."

From Islesblogger.

RIP Boss man, thanks for restoring glory to the #Yankees, you got to see one more championship. This year is for you!

From Kim Jones of the YES Network.

"He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family."

From Mike Petraglia.

Love him, revere him or despise him George Steinbrenner was most significant person in baseball since Jackie Robinson. RIP

The YankeeU.

I've got chills. Kinda surprised its hitting me like this. He was an owner that thought like a fan. All he wanted was to win. RIP The Boss.

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