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Lou: ‘The Boss’ liked a show

A quick note from this morning at the Winter Meetings — 

Lou Piniella was among a group of four long-time managers who were honored by Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. And like Joe Torre, Piniella had gratitude for George M. Steinbrenner, who allowed him to begin his managerial career in 1986 with the Bombers. 
It was under Steinbrenner that Piniella – already a fiery personality during his playing days – learned a little something he’d carry with him forever. When Piniella was managing the Yankees, Steinbrenner called him into his office one day.
“He said, ‘There’s a little more to managing than just winning baseball games. You’ve got to put fannies in the seats.’ He said, ‘When you go out there and get kicked out of  a ballgame, put on a nice show.’ I took it to heart.”
As anyone who witnessed one of Sweet Lou’s epic tirades can attest, he sure did. Piniella also had this to say about the Hall of Fame committee that enshrined Pat Gillick – a colleague of Piniella’s with Seattle – but not Steinbrenner:
“I was very happy for Pat. Pat is a wonderful baseball executive and wonderful human being. I have the highest regard for Pat Gillick. Mr. Steinbrenner, I thought he’d get in. I was disappointed, I really was. I think Mr. Steinbrenner in due time will get his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.” 

Steinbrenner takes his place in Monument Park

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The Yankees unveiled their permanent tribute to George M. Steinbrenner tonight in a pre-game ceremony, with members of the Steinbrenner family on hand for the event along with Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig and, making his first appearance at the new Yankee Stadium, former Yankees manager Joe Torre.
The 7-foot-wide, 5-foot-high bronze monument has been installed in the middle of Monument Park beyond the center field fence, and weighs 760 pounds. It also has a granite base that bears Steinbrenner’s signature and the Yankees insignia.
The entire Yankees roster marched along the warning track from the dugout to a ramp erected in center field, followed by four golf carts that carried the Steinbrenner family to the unveiling. 
Mariano Rivera lingered longer than most, appearing emotional as he read each word of the Steinbrenner monument. Here is the text:

GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III
July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010
New York Yankees Principal Owner
“The Boss”
1973 – 2010
Purchased the New York Yankees on January 3, 1973.  
A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever, 
he was considered the most influential owner in all of sports.
In his 37 years as Principal Owner, the Yankees posted a Major League-best .566 winning percentage,
 while winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles,
becoming the most recognizable sports brand in the world.
A devoted sportsman, he was Vice President of the United States Olympic Committee, a member of  the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and a member of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees.
A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.
Dedicated by the New York Yankees
September 20, 2010

Yankees unveil Steinbrenner image in bleachers

This just sent from the Yankees as well:

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YANKEES HONOR GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III
 
The New York Yankees today unveiled an image of George M. Steinbrenner III inside Yankee Stadium in honor of the late Principal Owner who passed away on July 13.  Mr. Steinbrenner celebrated his 37th anniversary as Principal Owner of the New York Yankees in January.  Under his leadership, the Yankees posted a Major League-best .566 winning percentage (3,364-2,583-3 record) while winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Championships (the most in the Majors).
Measuring 40 feet wide by 13 and a half feet tall, the image has been placed in right field, just behind the Bleachers.  It features a photo of the Yankees’ late Principal Owner on a Yankees blue background with the trademark Yankee Stadium frieze across the top, with his name, the years 1930-2010 and the phrase “The Boss.”
The listing of the Yankees’ 27 championship years – seven of which were won under Mr. Steinbrenner – will be relocated to the facing of the H&R Block Suite level around the Stadium bowl, in view of the field, prior to the next homestand.
Information on a Tribute for Mr. Steinbrenner will be announced at a later date.

Yankees to pay tribute to Steinbrenner, Sheppard Friday

The Yankees will pay tribute to the late George M. Steinbrenner III and Bob Sheppard prior to Friday night’s game against the Rays, the team announced Thursday.
The pregame ceremony will include a video tribute to Steinbrenner, who passed away at age 80 on Tuesday morning, as well as moments of silence for The Boss and Sheppard. Additional ceremonies will also take place during Old-Timers’ Day on Saturday.
During Friday’s ceremony, a wreath will be placed in front of Steinbrenner’s statue in the Gate 2 Executive Lobby of Yankee Stadium, and another will be placed in front of Sheppard’s plaque in Monument Park. United States Army Sergeant First Class Mary Kay Messenger will sing the National Anthem, and the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET, but the team encourages fans to be at their seats by 6:45.

Yankees to wear commemorative patches to honor George M. Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard

The Yankees will wear uniform patches to honor the lives of George M. Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard for the remainder of the 2010 season, beginning with Friday’s game vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.

The Steinbrenner commemorative patch will be worn above the interlocking NY on the left breast of the Yankees’ home jerseys, and above the letters ‘YORK’ on the left breast of the Yankees’ road uniforms. Both locations are over the heart.
The Sheppard commemorative patch will be worn on the left sleeve of the Yankees’ home and road jerseys. At tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, all Yankees uniforms were affixed with black armbands on their left sleeves in honor of Steinbrenner’s passing.
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