Longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away today as a result from a massive heart attack. He was 80.
Steinbrenner is well known for his tyrannical leadership qualities, his disrespectful approach to those who worked under him, and perhaps most importantly, his “whatever it takes” attitude to help bring New York a winner.
Having grown up in Philadelphia, I was essentially raised to dislike everything from New York, and George Steinbrenner and the Yankees were clearly no different. In the late 90s, Steinbrenner spent and spent and brought in superstar after superstar while my beloved Phillies spent every summer in basement, it was very easy for me to hate him.
People who say that George Steinbrenner ruined baseball because of his endless budget are, to me, hypocrites. His attitude and demeanor to the people around him aside, if you told me that the owner of my favorite sports team, not even just baseball team, basically said to his fans that he was going to do everything in his power to bring them a winner, I’d be ecstatic. He spent his millions because he wanted to win, it’s not his fault that he had more money than he knew what to do with. Sit there and tell me with a straight face that Kansas City Royals fans or Pittsburgh Pirates fans wouldn’t want someone like George Steinbrenner leading there team. Can’t do it? Why not? Because those are the some of teams and people who believe George ruined the game. Why? Because jealousy and envy run ramped through this country, because they wish they had an owner who was willing to do whatever it took to win, but instead they rebuild, year after year, and get shitty results.
I would love to sit here and bash Steinbrenner because it’s what I’ve been raised to do, however, the overwhelming hatred for him is ridiculous, especially after his unfortunate passing. Sure he had some illegal transgressions in the Nixon re-election and his treatment of Frank Martin and former play Dave Winfield were despicable, but get over it. No one is perfect, not you, not I, not George Steinbrenner. The dynasty he brought New York in the late 90s is something that all baseball fans wish they had with their own team, so instead of admitting that, “we” admit he ruined the game.
One of baseball’s most influential personalities passed away today, and instead of a jealousy-riddled rant on why I dislike him or the Yankees, I’ll admit that the reason why I used to say those things is because I was completely and utterly jealousy of the dynasty that he built.
If only George Steinbrenner owned the Phillies, the late 90s and early 2000s would of been much easier to deal with.
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