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The end of an era? Not today

Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:01 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Years from now, they'll talk about the Steinbrener Era.

And they won't say it ended today.

It's not over, because a $1.5 billion stadium stands in the Bronx. It's not over, because a $200 million baseball team takes the field there every night.

George Steinbrenner is gone, but the Yankee world he built will be with us for years.

If the grandiose ballpark feels larger than life, that's the Boss. If every huge free agent is automatically a Yankee target, that's the Boss.

And if the Yankees begin every season with the belief that nothing but another championship will do, well, that's him, too.

That's his legacy, and even though his son Hal is a quieter, calmer version of the Boss (but with a strikingly similar voice), that legacy will live on.

It already has lived on, over these last few years.

Failing health kept George Steinbrenner mostly out of the public eye, and often out of the actual decision-making process. But if anything, the Yankees are more his vision now than when he was actually storming around, running things, and running people out of town.

It's the championships -- the Yankees won seven of them under his ownership -- but it's more than that.

It's the idea that the Yankees are something more than just a baseball team, and that thus their home had to be something more than just a ballpark.

So many of the parks built in the Camden Yards era look similar. They're great places to watch games.

But Yankee Stadium had to be different.

The ballpark reflects the owner. The team reflects the owner.

These are the Yankees George Steinbrenner envisioned, the Yankees that George Steinbrenner built, the Yankees of the YES Network, of the clubhouse with a PC in every locker, of the Great Hall with the larger-than-life banners.

Today, the owner is gone, but the Era lives.
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2010 7:27 am

The end of an era? Not today

I'm a 2nd generation Yankees fan.  I will always root for them.  But I think the fact that not a single player showed up for Bob Sheppard's funeral is pathetic.  Lay a rose on home plate Mo.   It doesn't make up for not showing up.  Like I said...I'll still always be a Yankees fan but I feel DJ has lost the right to have Bob Sheppard announce his at bats.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:51 pm

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He did change major league baseball.  He made it a lot worse for everyone but Yankee fans.

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