Jimmy Breslin Downplays George Steinbrenner’s Success

Sportscenter called retired New York journalist Jimmy Breslin on the phone Tuesday afternoon to get his thoughts on the passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and things got a bit awkward. Although he reiterated several times that he “likes” The Boss and “had good times with him,” it would seem as though Breslin isn’t ready to credit him with the Yankees success over the last 37 years. Needless to say, I disagree with his opinion as I expressed earlier on Tuesday. Check out the Jimmy Breslin Sportscenter phone interview talking about George Steinbrenner, courtesy of YouTube user h8torade1:

We all know the Yankees won a ton of championships before Steinbrenner took the reins in the 70s, but we also know baseball wasn’t the mega-business then that it is now. Steinbrenner helped turn the Yankees, and Major League Baseball, into its own economic industry. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you don’t think Steinbrenner deserves much credit that’s fine, but I don’t see what his not having played the game or gotten his name in the record books has to do with it. I’ve already told you I wasn’t, and still am not, a Steinbrenner fan. However, Unlike Jimmy Breslin, I try not to have a hair across my a** about it.

Video Credit: YouTube user h8torade1

George Steinbrenner Did it Right

Man, did I hate George Steinbrenner. I mean I really, really hated the guy. Today, I can safely say that if it weren’t for the fact that he was as good at his job as any owner in the history of professional sports, I probably couldn’t have cared less.

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died Tuesday morning at the age of 80 after suffering a massive heart attack. Steinbrenner had been in charge in the Bronx since 1973. During that 37-year span, he brought seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants to New York. He oversaw one of the most dominating franchises in Major League Baseball history and was one of the most feared figures in all of sports.

Growing up in the Boston-area, George Steinbrenner emerges as one of your first enemies. If your family was passionate about sports and wanted to teach you who you should love and who you should loathe, the hatred started right there. If you hated America, you probably hated the U.S. president. If you hated the Yankees, you certainly hated the man who became known most commonly as “The Boss.”

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