Received this press release from the Yankees:
Hank and Hal Steinbrenner today announced that The New York Yankees will rename Legends Field, their spring-training facility, George M. Steinbrenner Field. The name change follows two unanimous resolutions recommending and supporting the change by the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council.
In a joint statement Hank and Hal Steinbrenner said, â€œSpeaking on behalf of the entire family, we couldnâ€™t be more pleased about the fact that Legends Field will now become George M. Steinbrenner Field. We have been residents of Tampa for over 30 years, and we feel this is a terrific way to honor our fatherâ€™s longstanding philanthropic commitment to Tampa. Our father has always made clear how much he values Tampaâ€™s role in playing host to the New York Yankeesâ€™ spring-training and the Tampa Yankees. The outpouring of community support for this name change has been wonderful to watch, and weâ€™re very grateful for the acknowledgement of his achievements and contributions it represents.â€
The resolution by the Tampa City Council, passed on February 7, 2008, endorses the naming of Legends Field after George M. Steinbrenner by citing his many charitable donations on behalf of youth activities, hospitals and the arts. Among these contributions, the founding of The Gold Shield Foundation, which insures that the families of police officers and firemen killed in the line of duty receive early financial assistance and are guaranteed a tuition-free college education, is singled out as an especially significant endeavor. The resolution also recognizes that George M. Steinbrenner has stepped forward at critical times to help influence and improve the community.
The resolution of the Board of the Hillsborough County Commissioners, passed on February 6, 2008, recognizes that the New York Yankees hold the naming rights to Legends Field and urges the Yankees to honor George M. Steinbrenner by renaming Legends Field in recognition of his numerous extraordinary contributions to the area.
â€œI am humbled and flattered to have this outstanding and totally unexpected honor conferred on me. I extend my thanks to the Tampa City Council and to the Hillsborough County Commissioners for passing resolutions suggesting and recommending the change. I also thank my family for supporting the renaming of the stadium and for everything they have done for so many years that helped bring about this great day,â€ said George M. Steinbrenner.
I have no idea whether this possible. But the Yankees need to find a way to give the fans a chance to honor Steinbrenner at the Stadium this season. How about throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day?