Today, let us acknowledge that George Steinbrenner is alive and well; he just has nothing to do with the Yankees

If you're a Yankee fan, and you don't know why so many people hate the Evil Empire - (or used to, anyway; a ,500 team weeds out haters) - here's the best way to visualize it:Think of the Dallas Cowboys.No, they don't have 27 world championships. What they have is Jerry Jones, the true heir of old George Steinbrenner.Not only is Jerry everything that George once was, he's also a groper...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Right or wrong, the Ty Hensley attack has me remembering Brien Taylor

In an alternative universe - remarkably close to here - the greatest all-time Yankee lefty is a fellow named... Whitey Ford. (Nope, some things don't change.) But the runner-up, freshly bronzed last summer in Monument Park, is the great Brien Taylor. Sherman, set the Wayback for 1991: The Yankees are terrible, the worst-run organization in humanity.  George Steinbrenner is a national...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner Buys the Yankees

Midwesterners are a stoic lot; stereotypically speaking, they’re quiet but not timid. Theirs is a mission of doing a job without complaint, fanfare, and insolence. To be from the Midwest, certainly, is to have a work ethic in your DNA where seeking attention is not only unproductive, but also anathema. George Michael Steinbrenner III broke the Midwestern stereotype. When Steinbrenner...
Via The Sports Post
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dearth of Personality

Since the passing of George Steinbrenner in 2010, Major League Baseball has been lacking a certain something, as if the audial landscape in baseball has been a little too quiet. Too often, the sound bites offered up by the majority of MLB players and managers devolve into hackneyed banalities, tortured metaphors, and clichéd baseball-oriented generalities. It’s enough for one...
Via Baseball Essential
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Twenty five years since Billy the Kid left

Blink, and 25 years go by. Upon hearing the news, George Steinbrenner cried. They broke into network programming to announce it. Cardinal John O'Connor gave the eulogy. Richard Nixon attended. Thousands stood in the rain outside St. Patrick's Cathedral, unable to get to get in. They buried him in Hawthorne, NY, about 150 feet from the grave of Babe Ruth. And they inscribed his...
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees' controversial, colorful Billy Martin died 25 years ago in Christmas accident

Billy Martin was a New York Yankee. He personified the Bronx Bombers --  colorful, controversial, a fighter, battler, scrapper. Martin played with the team for parts of seven years of his big league career, a second baseman on some of the great teams. He then managed the Yankees and managed to create one of the great reality soap operas with owner George Steinbrenner. Martin was...
Via Fox Sports
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Charity, school offer aid to NYPD officer's sons

NEW YORK (AP) The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Silver Shield Foundation Chairman Billy Walters said Monday the organization has set aside $40,000 for the educations of Ramos' two sons. After attending an officer's 1982 funeral...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bowdoin College To Waive Tuition For Son Of Executed NYPD Officer

This weekend the NYPD lost two officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, when gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley snuck up on them and executed them in broad daylight in the streets of Brooklyn. It’s awful. But Bowdoin College, the school that one of Rafael’s sons attends, just stepped up to the plate and helped the Ramos family with one of the many burdens they’ll face in the future...
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Berra, Mantle Both Winners on Sunday

While Hanna-Barbera has maintained that their popular cartoon character Yogi Bear is not named after the popular New York Yankees catcher…”Yogi Berra” the racehorse clearly is. Matter of fact, the three-year-old colt is actually owned by Jessica Steinbrenner, the daughter of the late Yankees owner, and the man who hired Berra to manage the team back in 1984, George Steinbrenner...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner Legacy Lives On Through Fallen Officers

The tragic events yesterday in New York involving the senseless deaths of two NYPD officers force us to realize that life isn’t always solved on a baseball diamond. Life is bigger than sport and unfortunately is always seems to take a tragedy to appreciate that. George Steinbrenner understood this and made a difference in the lives of many affected families, a legacy that continues...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees to Pay for Slain NYPD Officer’s Kids’ Education

For most baseball fans, it’s really, really easy to dislike the New York Yankees. Fortunately, right now is not one of those times. Saturday, New York police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in cold blood, seemingly as retaliation for the choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers back in July. But with the senseless deaths of Ramos and Liu...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees To Pay For Education Of Slain NYPD Officer’s Children

The New York Yankees are making a nice gesture to help out in an awful situation. The Yankees will pay for the education of the children of New York Police Department Rafael Ramos, according to the New York Daily News. Ramos was one of the two NYPD officers shot and killed Saturday in Brooklyn. The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, started by late Yankees...
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

NO PENNANTS, NO PEACE: If Hal Steinbrenner is more interested in being pennywise than winning the World Series, it's time for a fan revolution

Friends, Romans, Yankeefans...As we end another cruel year, it's time to ponder a deeper question than where Brett Gardner should bat in 2015. (BTW, third.)Should we, as die-hard Yankee rooters, give a crap that the ownership is becoming fiscally prudent?Before unfurling my tirade, a few understandings...I am writing as a consummate Yankee fan asshole. Yes, I'm aware that we spend...
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The weirdness of waking up to find Billy Madden make sense

Over the years, I've railed on the reigning Gammonite of the Daily News, Billy Madden - the reincarnated corpse of Dick Young - for his suck-up relationship with Yankee suits who turn out to be the reincarnated corpses of Murray Cook and Bill Bergesch. By that, I am referring to the two early 1980s GMs whose tap-dancing for George Steinbrenner edged the franchise into The 14-Year...
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting To Know The Opponent: An Ohio State University

Photo: Steve Patton Ohio State University is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university, Ohio State has since achieved sea-grant and space-grant status. OSU claims an enrollment of 57,466. People in Ohio commonly refer to OSU as The Ohio State university, and that moniker is the falsest in all of college athletics. There are...
Via The Cardinal Connect
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

28 Things Every Yankees Fan Should Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!  Over the years, the New York Yankees and their fans have had more things to be thankful for than other fans and the teams they root for.  So, with a nod to that elusive 28th World Championship, here are 28 things Yankees Universe should "thank the good Lord for" (or, whomever your higher power is), in no particular order:1. George Steinbrenner ("The Boss")2...
Via Lady At The Bat
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

CC Sabathia may have already found his new career

An old Woody Allen joke goes: "Those who can't... teach. Those who can't teach... teach gym."It could be updated: "Those who can't... write. Those who can't write... write children's books."Not saying CC can't write. But George Saunders can sleep tonight.Anyway, it's a very nice book by a very nice man. It beats Tiki Barber's line of children's books. Or George Foreman's. Or Madonna...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee Stadium fixture 'Bill the Baker' dies at 67

NEW YORK (AP) A fan befriended by former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and became a press box fixture for more than 30 years known as ''Bill the Baker,'' has died. He was 67. The Yankees said Bill Stimers died Thursday at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx. They did not give a cause of death. Stimers worked for Entenmann's Bakery and first met Steinbrenner in...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

25 most important people in baseball announced

Graham Womack has long been one of my favorite writers. To me, a great writer makes you think and Womack's projects usually do just that. A while back, he created a poll to consider the 25 most important people in baseball history. He included a ballot online which anyone was able to go and vote. While this led to 262 votes, it's possible that a percentage of those who voted would...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner, Jerry Lucas, and the NBA in Cleveland?

You know the NBA planted its flag in Cleveland in 1970, with the inaugural season of the Cavaliers. Unlike me, you may also have known that Cleveland was this close to joining the NBA less than ten years earlier. By the end of the 1950s, the National Industrial Basketball League had been in operation for over ten seasons. Originally formed as a league for mill workers, the teams...
Via Waiting For Next Year
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Why did the Yankees pass on Andrew Friedman? And why is Hal Steinbrenner like Hermey the Elf?

Yesterday, after hearing about how the Los Angeles Dodgers swooped up and signed Andrew Friedman, after firing GM Ned Colletti, I was natrually peeved. As my friend Sully put it, the Dodgers have back-to-back seasons making the playoffs, and they fire their GM, while the Yankees have back-to-back seasons, and give their GM a new contract. Good grief.I have had my eye on Andrew Friedman...
Via Subway Squawkers
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Hal Steinbrenner finally speaks, and shows that he couldn't manage a one-car funeral

So Hal (Rip Van Winkle) Steinbrenner has finally woken from his summer slumber and spoken to the media for the first time in two months. He talked to Michael Kay on the Yankee broadcaster's ESPN New York radio show yesterday, a day after I wondered where the heck Hal was. But I think Hal would have made a much better impression by doing the interview in person, given that Kay's show...
Via Subway Squawkers
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: It looks like the Yankee front office has found its scapegoat.

Last October, the Incompetent Empire blamed all its problems on a strength and conditioning coach named Dana Cavalea, the loan person to be fired, after the team finished out of post-season. This came six years after the Evils fired Cavalea's boss, a guy named Marty Miller. It's a great Machiavellian strategy for survival at the Yankee summit: When the team stinks, somebody must...
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeter's full speech text from Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium

Text of Derek Jeter's speech at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at Derek Jeter Day: Thank you. It's kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly. They are so many people I want to thank, and I'll get that opportunity to do that over the next few weeks, both publicly and privately. I want to take a brief moment to thank the Steinbrenner family, Mr. George Steinbrenner,...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter speech text at Derek Jeter Day

NEW YORK (AP) Text of Derek Jeter's speech at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at Derek Jeter Day: Thank you. It's kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly. They are so many people I want to thank, and I'll get that opportunity to do that over the next few weeks, both publicly and privately. I want to take a brief moment to thank the Steinbrenner family, Mr. George...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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