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The Most Vile Thing You Will Read About The Boss, Or Anyone Else, Today

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A reader passed along what is easily the most mean-spirited thing I have read about George Steinbrenner since the New York Yankee owner died on Tuesday.

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A writer in the UK who has apparently been carrying a grudge against The Boss for, oh, 30 years or so finally decided to let it out now that The Boss is no longer around to defend himself.

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George Steinbrenner was a loser. While insisting that nothing less than wining was acceptable, Steinbrenner owned the New York Yankees during the team's longest World Series drought since its first appearance in 1921, a dry spell directly attributable to Steinbrenner's insistent mismanagement.

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Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he'd hit a triple, and convinced he had to tell the whole world how he'd done it. Famed for his bombast and for making himself bigger than his players and team, tolerated only because he had money and power, this Yankee Doodle Dandy born on the Fourth of July paved the way for America to become a loser by his example.

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There is also this callous, and uncalled for, line.

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Believe me, if there is a heaven, George Steinbrenner won't be there.

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Yikes! I thought Rush Limbaugh, who disparagingly called Steinbrenner a 'Cracker', was bad enough. Limbaugh, though, is just a guy with no scruples who will say anything to draw attention to himself. This attack was mean-spirited and despicable. It makes Limbaugh sound like Mary Poppins.

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Reading it disgusted me. Steinbrenner was a lot of things, and not all of them were good. I'm not here to defend his methods.

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This kind of attack, though, which was as much an affront to America as it was a rip on The Boss, was reprehensible.