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Dr Jeckyll and Mr Stein
Friday, March 28, 2008
As you probably know by now, the stadium in which the Yanks play during Spring Training, Legends Field, has been renamed in honor of Big Stein. The newly christened George M. Steinbrenner Field was unveiled yesterday and joins a street and a high school as places in Tampa bearing Big Stein's name.

That's right, there is a high school named after Big Stein opening its doors in 2009. PSA: Yankees Chick University opens in 2010 offering an extensive list of majors, including Making Up Nicknames for Baseball Players and Making Fun of Carl Pavano.

Back to the matter at hand: Peter Abraham brought up a good point yesterday regarding Big Stein's character. The man is a bit of an enigma (Stein, not PA). He's impressed me with his generosity many times - just in the last year he has paid for the funerals of the unfortunate folks who died in a fire near Yankee Stadium, donated money to Virgina Tech, and played an exhibition game to boost the spirit at the aforementioned school.

On the other hand, he's also a confirmed jackass. There's the firings, the threats of firings, his complete lack of internal filter when it comes to saying the often mean things on his mind, the unwarranted and super sketchy investigation of Dave Winfield, the campaign donation to NIXON... it makes it hard to focus on the generosity. The Nixon donation alone is enough to turn YC off.

What do you think? Should he be honored? Despite the jackassery, I'm leaning towards yes, but not just because of the nice things he's done for the community. Strictly based on his Yankees-related work, I think he deserves such an honor. His team has been an overall success over the years, and without him at the helm they wouldn't have had all the money to expend on improvements. And by "improvements," I mean Raul Mondesi.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, March 28, 2008  
8 Comments:
  • At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Ed said…

    Posted on Big Stein and his place in history at Bugs & Cranks the other day. Ran a poll, and interestingly most folks think The Boss is a Hall of Famer.

     
  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Norman said…

    Steinbrenner's been great for the Yankees, and like him or not he's definitely had enough of an impact on the sport of baseball that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

     
  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Brad K said…

    YC I'm surprised you would even question this. First and foremost most of what you mentioned is very very old news. I was 5 when the Nixon stuff broke and I'm in my 40's now. Winfield and the ban all came to a head by '93 '94. In fact had Stein not been banned in the early 90's he probably would have traded away Bernie, and Andy, and maybe even Mo and Jeter. In the long run even his foolishness benefited the team.

    Let's put this into perspective. I have a lot of family and friends who live all over the country (I myself have been banished to Cleveland and you are a CA girl). These friends and family root for many different teams so the conversation always comes up. If you were a Tigers fan, or a Pirates fan, or an Indians fan, would you like to have the Boss as your owner? 6 WS titles, 16 trips to playoffs, that's 16 years we've enjoyed October baseball. I have always said that I dreaded the day that George wasn't in charge but it looks like Hank is a chip off the old block...and I'm OK with that.

     
  • At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I forgot about Raul Mondesi :(

     
  • At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Definitely agree that Stein deserves to be honored. "Jackass" or not, he's been good for the team and for the game.

     
  • At 9:13 AM, Anonymous anskyann said…

    YC, Mr Steinbrenner is a Hall of Famer in Famer in my book. I'm in my 50's and literally grew up at the stadium, attending my 1st game at the age of 4 mos.
    Before the Boss came and rescued us we were sitting in a crumbling ballpark that sat in a rapidly declining neighborhood. The stands were more than half empty for most games and we hadn't won in a long time.
    Did he ruffle a few feathers, make some people mad, say & do some awful things? So what, he restored my Yankees to greatness. I only hope his boys will follow in thier father's footsteps.

     
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Antonio said…

    I would like to major in making fun of Carl Pavano.


    http://aroundthemajors.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger DisabledMess said…

    Nice blog you have here. Let's exchange links.

    YankeesDaily

    BTW, you're very pretty.

     
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