Reaction to the passing of George M. Steinbrenner

Outside Yankee Stadium, a banner with George M. Steinbrenner’s name and profile photo are being displayed, with the dates, “1930-2010.” At City Hall Plaza, New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is lowering the flags to half staff to honor Steinbrenner, whom he called a “larger than life New York figure.” 
Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig: “On behalf of Baseball, I am very saddened by the passing this morning of George Steinbrenner.  George was a giant of the game and his devotion to baseball was surpassed only by his devotion to his family and his beloved New York Yankees.  He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and all of the other Yankee legends.  I have known George ever since he entered the game in 1972.  He was my dear friend for nearly four decades.  Although we would have disagreements over the years, they never interfered with our friendship and commitment to each other.  Our friendship was built on loyalty and trust and it never wavered.  We were allies and friends in the truest sense of the words. My wife, Sue, and I pass on our deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family, to the New York Yankees and to all of his friends. We will miss him, especially tonight when the baseball family will be gathered at Angel Stadium for the All-Star Game.”
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Steinbrenner family. This is a sad day not only for Yankee fans, but for our entire City, as few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner. George had a deep love for New York, and his steely determination to succeed – combined with his deep respect and appreciation for talent and hard work – made him a quintessential New Yorker. George invested his heart and soul into the Yankees, and his competitive fire helped usher in new eras of Yankee greatness, reclaiming the team’s long tradition of excellence and its position as the most successful franchise in the history of American sports. He was a champion who made New York a better place, and who always gave back to the city he loved. He has left an indelible legacy on the Yankees, on baseball, and on our city, and he leaves us in the only way that would be appropriate: as a reigning world champion.”
Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: “This is a very sad day for me and Carmen and all of baseball. My sympathies go out to the Steinbrenner family. George was The Boss, make no mistake. He built the Yankees into champions and that’s something nobody can ever deny. He was a very generous, caring, passionate man. George and I had our differences, but who didn’t? We became great friends over the last decade and I will miss him very much.”

Al Leiter, former Yankees pitcher and current YES Yankees analyst: “You couldn’t ask for a better owner than George Steinbrenner.  He always provided everything you needed to win a championship.  His passion, intensity and his attention to detail were legendary, and he expected nothing but the best from you. No one outworked him, and no one wanted to win more than he. He had a unique aura, a unique presence about him.  When he walked into a room, his presence was felt immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed my times with the Yankees.  It was, and is, a sports franchise like no other. Mr. Steinbrenner will be terribly missed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Steinbrenner family.”
John Sterling, Yankees WCBS broadcaster: “I’ve heard one million George Steinbrenner stories of things he did for people that would bring a tear to your eye.  So he was a combination. Was he a tough boss? Boy, you bet he was. But he also had the softest side to him. In my own way, I really loved him.  He took care of so many people in so many ways. I’m really very sad today, but he did phenomenal things for the Yankees.”
Suzyn Waldman, Yankees WCBS broadcaster: “Anybody who knows what the Yankees were like before there was a George Steinbrenner certainly knows what he did on the field.  He was a remarkable man. He had one thing in mind always and that was building a team and bringing championships to the city of New York. His legacy is going to be something that is so far reaching, and you’re going to read in the coming days about what he was like.  I don’t think we’re ever going to see a person like this again.”
Ken Singleton, former Baltimore Orioles player and current YES Yankees analyst: “George Steinbrenner was a legend, a once-in-a-lifetime figure.  He had tremendous vision, and the sports landscape – not just the baseball landscape – will never be the same.   He had an outsized personality. While I was playing with the Orioles, and later as a Yankees analyst, I witnessed first-hand the passion for winning he exhibited, and the way New Yorkers appreciated the resources he put into producing a championship team.  We’ll never see another owner like him.  I will always appreciate the opportunity Mr. Steinbrenner gave me to broadcast Yankee games.  I will miss him dearly.”
John Flaherty, former Yankees catcher and current YES Yankees analyst: “New York and sports lost a great figure this morning.  There is nothing like putting on the pinstripes and playing for the Yankees, and that is a tribute to the way George Steinbrenner resurrected the franchise in the 1970s.  He treated the Yankees players extremely well.  He was always very generous. He gave you all the resources you needed to win. All he wanted to do was win and to bring world championships to the people of New York, and he was extremely successful in doing that. I will always treasure my time with the Yankees.  My condolences go out to the Steinbrenner family.”
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel: “It’s a very tough day for baseball. I knew George, and when we would win our division he would send me a personal letter. First time I met him was in 1984. They had a Double A team in Nashville, and I had a good conversation with him. Then after that I talked to him some at his restaurant in Florida. Great gentleman.”
Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry: “I had the good fortune to call George Steinbrenner both partner and friend. I had the privilege to watch George as he built a system that ensured his beloved Yankees would have a strong foundation for sustained excellence. And then we fiercely competed in the American League. George Steinbrenner forever changed baseball and hopefully some day we will see him honored in baseball’s Hall of Fame as one of the great figures in the history of sports.”
Darryl Strawberry, on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter': “Greatness. Nothing but greatness. When people finally look back, now that he’s passed and his day has come, and they look back at what he built for the New York Yankees, remarkable. The impact that he’s had on baseball, the impact that he’s had on young people, the impact that he’s had on other people’s lives, there is a man that’s resting today that can rest in peace that has took his life on and did tremendous greatness with it and gave it back to help that struggle to show them the way.”
Dave Winfield, on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter': “His legacy, they’re going to have to look at him as one of the top owners in the history of sports. They will. You just look at the record, where they came from, with the championships and stuff, they’ll look at him as one of the most forceful, or the guy with the most impact in professional sport
s. That’s where they’ll start, that’s where they’ll finish. There will be much said in between, but they’ll say he was one of the top executives or owners in all of sports.”

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Thank you Mr. Steinbrenner.

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great man best owner in sports history.there will be no other person like him may your memory live on in yankee fans and in baseball fans around the world.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 13, 2010

Batavia (Cardinals) POSTPONED
Staten Island
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GCL Yankees 0
GCL Braves 3
W: Winnie (3-0, 3.78) L: Richardson (0-3, 3.63)
S: Hess (1)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_13_yanrok_brarok_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 14, 2010

Tampa
Jupiter (Marlins) 7:00 PM

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Augusta (Giants) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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Staten Island
Jamestown (Marlins) 7:00 PM

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GCL Pirates, 12:00 PM
GCL Yankees

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firstly,my condolences to the Steinbrenner family.this man love him or hate him was a force of nature.his obsession was his love for the YANKEE team and fans.there were times over the years i wondered if he was playing with a FULL DECK but as time went on and he himself gained more experience and he pulled back a bit all his dreams came to fruition. without this man the YANKEES would most likely have just become anther very average franchise regaling the past victories.this is a special team in a special city.GOD BLESS GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER .

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Please let me say to all Yankee fans how sad the entire baseball world is today. I have been a lifelong RedSox fan and although on the diamond their is a rivalry, today we stand next to you and mourn a great baseball man. Baseball would be far less today without Mr Steinbrenner.
Rest in Peace sir.

Ellen from Brownie Points

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All excellent quotes. Mr. Steinbrenner will greatly missed. Tonight there will be two all star games played, one in Anaheim and one in heaven. RIP, Mr. Steinbrenner.

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