This morning, July 13th 2010, one of the greatest and confrontational owners of all time passed away. George Steinbrenner passed away over night after suffering from a Heart Attack at his home in Tampa, FL.
Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973 and immediately led the team to multiple championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Many players during the early years disliked Steinbrenner’s policies and tactics in the early years, earning his nickname “The Boss.”
Steinbrenner was suspended in 1974 after making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and was pardoned by Ronald Regan in 1989.
Steinbrenner was outright banned by the MLB in 1990 after it was discovered he was paying for dirt on Dave Winfield during a legal case.
Steinbrenner reinvented himself after all the confrontations and his reinstatement in 1993. He then built the dynasty, winning the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and in 2000.
Many remember Steinbrenner now as a caring individual for a lot of the work he has done since 1993. In particular, one of my late grandfathers had told us about his multiple “run-ins” with Mr. Steinbrenner while working at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He always talked about him being very friendly and compassionate.
Steinbrenner leaves behind his family (wife, children, grandchildren), a $2B sporting empire, and a baseball nation in shock.
We called it last week on Facebook and Twitter, and it became official tonight. The Yankees will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series starting Wednesday night.
In the Inaugural Season at the New Yankee Stadium, the Yankees managed to set a number of club and MLB records.
- Club record for the number of home runs hit at home games (136)
- Club record for the most home runs hit at the stadium (237)
- MLB record for having a home run hit in all but one home game
What I just realized, my daughter and I witnessed the record breaking home run (most in a season by Yankees at home), number 127, on September 25th when Alex Rodriguez slammed one over the left field wall against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox.
The Series should be one of the most competitive series since the 2003 Yankees – Marlins series, which the Marlins won 4-2.
So you tell us, who do you think will win the 2009 World Series.
If you have not heard, the New Yankee Stadium has set a new record for the number of home runs hit in an opening series at a new stadium.
There are many theories right now concerning the design of the building, a “wind tunnel” effect, and it has even gotten the attention of AccuWeather. We have only seen a few reports of the Yankees possible pitching problems.
Of the 13 games they have played this season, 4 of which have been at home, they are currently 12th in the AL with a combined 6.53 ERA, 10th in the AL giving up 19 home runs, 11 of which they gave up over the weekend against the Cleveland Indians. The Yanks only hit 9 in that same series.
Ok, I think I just convinced myself there is something wrong with Yankee Stadium after that last stat.
That sucks though, I visited the shrine last year to see the Yanks and Red Sox play and didn’t see one home run. That was the most I had ever paid for a ticket to see a baseball game, but well worth it. Yanks fans are the best though. It was funny listening to their taunts. From the harassing of Coco Crisp, calling him “Manny’s Girlfriend” referring to Manny Ramirez. And then the Sox fan who chanted “A-Rod’s girlfriend” when Derek Jeter came to bat. Bad decision. Insert your random string of expletives here. My favorite rebutal, “you wish you were A-Rod’s girlfriend.”
So for you meteorological and physics minded people, the theory is the new gradual slope of the stands in the new stadium is providing for a wind current to actually come across the stadium and rise across the right field stands, therefore causing the ball to lift more.
Either way, this is bad for the Yanks pitching staff and CC Sabathia’s $161 million dollar contract.
What do you think, poor pitching or a meteorological phenomenon?
See AccuWeather’s story below: