Thursday, July 07, 2005

Will the real George Steinbrenner please stand up?

The Finch pointed me to this awesome article on New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner by Bill Simmons, one of the best sportswriters (and comic writers, really) around:

Has anyone seen the Boss?

Check it out:

Classic George -- he loved twisting the knife with Boston fans. The Red Sox had two months to acquire A-Rod, couldn't and wouldn't do it, and then they left the door open just enough for the Yankees to come barging in. When it came right down to it, Steinbrenner always went the extra distance for his fans. If he could kick the Red Sox as it was happening and inject some of his trademark pomposity, all the better. I remember reading that quote two winters ago and hanging my head.

And that's what made the last eleven months so inexplicable. Maybe he's old, maybe he's worn down ... after all, he did turn 75 this week.

Read the whole thing.