George Steinbrenner was not in the $1.5-billion house he built tonight as the Yankees won their 27th World Series, the one he sought ever since that Game 7 loss to the Diamondbacks in 2001. His absence did not go unnoticed to either his family or people on the field.
“It was very weird, very strange,” Hank Steinbrenner said. “But he’s happy now.”
Hank said he and several others talked to the elated Boss following the Yankee victory in Game 6.
“It meant everything to him,” Hank said. “It meant a lot, just like every other championship. But this one, I can’t say it was more special than the others, but it was right up there toward the top.”
Here’s audio from Hank:
Brian Cashman spoke to reporters at length on the field as well. He has been largely absent this postseason, so you can listen to what Cashman had to say on a number of topics here:
Cashman called Alex Rodriguez “one of the greatest players of all-time” and said “he’s done everything now.” So what’s left for A-Rod? “Now the rest of his career he can just write history.”
The GM said the time to discuss impending free agents Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon will come. “We’ll celebrate and the business side of the game will kick in at some point here rather soon,” he said.
Asked if he’ll return, Damon said “I hope so.” Matsui hadn’t given it much thought. He said he never focused on his future during his MVP performance or record-tying six-RBI night. “I didn’t have that on my mind,” Matsui said through a translator. “All I was focusing on was winning this game and helping this team become world champions.”
One more item: Both Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner praised the work of Joe Girardi, who won in his second year as manager and repaid their faith in him. “We’ve always had confidence in Joe,” Hal said. “We went through a pretty laborious process with interviewing people and he was clearly the man. I can’t say enough about him. He brought this team together.”