Originally posted on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 6/20/13
A great man and Yankee fan died yesterday. I'm talking about Tony Soprano. Yes, I know... critics used to talk about some guy named James Gandolfini, who supposedly "played" Tony. That's ridiculous. Anybody who ever watched the show could see that it wasn't an actor playing Tony. Somehow, HBO managed to get a real, live mob boss. I don't know how they did it. The Yankees were Tony's team. Any Redsock moog who set foot on his show could end up in the East River. And Tony was a faithful fan, unquestioning of Derek Jeter and Mariano, not an angry one, like Alphonso, who at times is sort of the Westboro Baptist Church of Yankee fans. Of course, Tony followed the Yankees back when, for better or worse, they embodied his own swagger and bluster. They embodied the ways of their owner.They still do, by the way. It's just that the current boy owners do not swagger or bluster. They just say, "Ka-Ching!" whenever they can cut payroll or skimp on players. It's a common phenomenon for billionair...
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