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Bloomberg: Steinbrenner was “a quintessential New Yorker”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 13, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced that the flags will be lowered at City Hall Plaza in honor of George Steinbrenner’s passing.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Steinbrenner family,” Bloomberg said in a released statement. “This is a sad day not only for Yankee fans, but for our entire City, as few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner. George had a deep love for New York, and his steely determination to succeed – combined with his deep respect and appreciation for talent and hard work – made him a quintessential New Yorker.

“George invested his heart and soul into the Yankees, and his competitive fire helped usher in new eras of Yankee greatness, reclaiming the team’s long tradition of excellence and its position as the most successful franchise in the history of American sports. He was a champion who made New York a better place, and who always gave back to the city he loved. He has left an indelible legacy on the Yankees, on baseball, and on our city, and he leaves us in the only way that would be appropriate: as a reigning world champion.”

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72 Responses to “Bloomberg: Steinbrenner was “a quintessential New Yorker””

  1. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    George doesn’t personally own the Yankees.

    Yankee Global Enterprises owns the Yankees which is owned by the Steinbrenner family.

  2. Erica in NY July 13th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    “he leaves us in the only way that would be appropriate: as a reigning world champion.?

    So true.

    George could only go out on top :-)

  3. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    It’s very fitting that The Boss went out on top. ;)

  4. Carl July 13th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    # LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    George doesn’t personally own the Yankees.

    Yankee Global Enterprises owns the Yankees which is owned by the Steinbrenner family.

    lol

  5. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Joelsherman1 Hard explain what force of nature – and terror to employees – George was unless u were around in prime. Hard for me, and I saw it 1sthand

  6. Brandon Awesome (From my notebook in NJ) July 13th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    The Boss always wanted to make impact deals, he was the player to be named later in this final epic package w/ Bob Sheppard. :(

    I hope he doesn’t fire Billy again up there. :?

  7. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Carl,

    Sorry if my comment was misinterpreted.

    That was in response to the people talking about the tax issue in the last thread.

  8. vblade July 13th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    RIP. There are few words that could describe the sadness of this day.

    I bet Bob is right there at the gates to give him a hearty hug.

    For the rest of us, the legacy he has created will have to do.

  9. Erica in NY July 13th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    If the Steinbrenner family uses an Accountant with any competancy at all, I am sure proper estate and succession planning was done.

  10. JD July 13th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Sad week. RIP Mr.Steinbrenner. Glad he went out on top.

  11. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    And I should add this :oops: because I don’t want to make it sound like I am disparaging The Boss in anyway.

  12. Jack July 13th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    “# LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    George doesn’t personally own the Yankees.

    Yankee Global Enterprises owns the Yankees which is owned by the Steinbrenner family.”

    Maybe so, but George and/or members of the family own the stock of the Yankee Global Enterprise. And to the extent shares of the stock were given during George’s lifetime to his family members the value of those transfers would be subject to the Unified Gift and Estate Tax Law.

  13. Erica in NY July 13th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I didn’t say 11:28

    Imposter Erica is a terrible person

  14. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 13th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Watching George’s Yankeeography and they just showed the 2008 ASG entrance. That finally made the tears come.

    What a life he led.

  15. Carl July 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    # LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Carl,

    Sorry if my comment was misinterpreted.

    That was in response to the people talking about the tax issue in the last thread.

    Oh ok my bad

  16. Wakka Wakka July 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jesus better keep his carpentry skills sharp for the rest of eternity. One mistake and George will go out and get Ty Pennington.

  17. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 13th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Imposter Erica -

    You are a truly mean person. I don’t know what your problem is, but I wish you’d stop.

  18. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 13th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    MLB Network does not seem to be covering George’s passing.

  19. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    SI_JonHeyman bud selig considered george steinbrenner his oldest friend in baseball. basically came in together as owners

  20. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos July 13th, 2010 at 11:34 am
    MLB Network does not seem to be covering George?s passing.

    *************
    They always seem to be behind on breaking news. They’ll probably have something this afternoon.

  21. Patrick July 13th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Sorry, I just read this somewhere else online and thought it was hilarious,

    “Steinbrenner is the second Ohioan to take his talents south in the last week.”

    Seriously though, I’m saddened by Big Stein’s passing. He was flawed but a true icon in sports and New York.

    I hope SJ44 comes around soon and gives us his opinion on the guy, he’s written some great posts about the man George Steinbrenner. He wasn’t a villain or a hero, he did good and bad in his life.

  22. SJ44 July 13th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    This is the day Chad should just publish the IP address and name of the people pulling this impersonator nonsense.

    If you can’t have any respect for the passing of George, the time for being anonymous ends.

    It’s the only way to stop it. Just expose these punks and be done with it

    Pat M and I were just sharing George stories Friday night.

    A very sad day.

    RIP George. You were truly one of a kind.

  23. Bronx Born July 13th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    It is a sad day in YankeeLand. But somehow I think George would want us to rejoice in being Champions and our current record. George was dedicated to the Yankees and to baseball and was a true owner of the team. He has put more into baseball than any other owner I believe.

  24. Erica in NY July 13th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    And I didn’t say 11:37 either……

    Okay, this is ridiculous.

    Imposter Erica,

    I have no idea who you are or why you choose to keep impostering me, but did it ever occur to you that people on this blog are upset today and don’t want to read this nonsense? Please stop it

  25. Phil Columbus July 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    MLB network has something on now, sounds like a Costas.

  26. Phil Columbus July 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    MLB network has something on now, sounds like a Costas.

  27. pat July 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    ESPN2 First Take has done nothing but live George covered for the last hour and a half.

  28. champ809 July 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Do you guys really believe that the Steinbrenner family does not have a trust set up to deal with the tax issues regarding the transfer of assets in the event of his death?

  29. JM July 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Whatever you want to say about George, there was little doubt that he was the Yankees’ Number 1 fan.

    As for the trolls, I guess they have no lives. The fake Erica is not even convincing.

  30. tampayank July 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    RIP :(

  31. Rick July 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Even a non-sports fan knew who George Steinbrenner was. He had that kind of impact.

  32. Alex July 13th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    RIP, it’s a shame that two people associated with the Yankees have died recently.

  33. Laura - Road to 600 July 13th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    ESPN has non stop coverage as well. George would be happy.

  34. MLBTRCommentModerator July 13th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    “He wasn’t a villain or a hero, he did good and bad in his life.”

    Everyone does good and bad in life. George Steinbrenner was a hero, and any Yankees fan SHOULD recognize that.

    As an aside, I have had to delete many negative comments from Red Sox fans regarding the passing of George Steinbrenner.

  35. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    SI_JonHeyman employees had such reverence/fear of steinbrenner, when he’d arrive, they spoke in code: “The Eagle has landed,” theyd say

  36. GGBG (50 SB's for me!) July 13th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    RIP George. I hope you find the quintessential calzone in Baseball Heaven.

  37. Melkman is in Hotlanta July 13th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Passion, caring, heart and warrior like attitude. George was a rare breed and a great breed in this current age of metrosexualism, political correctness and anti-capitalism. Thank you for being a real man George and not some left winging dingy.

  38. MLBTRCommentModerator July 13th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    “Sorry, I just read this somewhere else online and thought it was hilarious,

    Steinbrenner is the second Ohioan to take his talents south in the last week.”

    That would be deleted from MLB Trade Rumors instantly.

  39. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Everyone has their faults, but George’s faults were part of what made him who he was.

    Without the bad you would never get all the good.

    And there was a ton more good than bad.

  40. Patrick July 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    That would be deleted from MLB Trade Rumors instantly.

    Ok… I don’t care.

    I’m glad I’m not posting on MLBTR, sounds like a terrible website.

  41. damon (think 28) July 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    PeteAbe has two back to back threads up on Mr Steinbrenner’s death, and has blocked anyone from being able to comment, he knows his heathens won’t show respect.

  42. murphydog July 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I’m not sure I’m sad exactly although I am moved when I consider what Steinbrenner meant to the team that bonded my father and I together when nothing else much worked. For some reason talking about the Yankees wouldn’t get bogged down or cut short or result in an argument. Given the pride of place I accorded the Yankees as a safe and productive topic of conversation, in many ways Steinbrenner was the head of that leading family in our neighborhood, the ones with the most money, the most talented kids, always doing something grand or awful or amazing. To me Steinbrenner was P.T. Barnum, Gordon Gekko, Knute Rockne, George M. Cohan and Ceasar all in one.

    As George liked to say, “Lead, Follow or get the hell out of the Way.” Today I think I’ll get out of the way and let the Big Man pass with dignity. Requiescat in pace.

  43. pat July 13th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    “As an aside, I have had to delete many negative comments from Red Sox fans regarding the passing of George Steinbrenner.”

    Boston Globe was smart enough to not allow comments on the post about Mr. Steinbrenner’s passing but Twitter is an ocean of the in appropriate and in bad taste.

  44. Aaron July 13th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Someone PLEASE explain to me how The Boss is not in the Hall of Fame..

    Because they don’t hand out invitations the Hall of Fame for writing checks.

  45. Apple byte July 13th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    The family has been preparing for the inevitable for a few years. It was clearly evident that George wasn’t his vibrant self and was seen less and less since 2006 in the Tampa area except to be at presentations to honor him such as the naming of George M. Steinbrenner Field, George M. Steinbrenner High School and a few others.
    Seldom flew to NYC as his health failed.

  46. vblade July 13th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    # Patrick July 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    That would be deleted from MLB Trade Rumors instantly.

    Ok… I don’t care.

    I’m glad I’m not posting on MLBTR, sounds like a terrible website.

    ————

    IMO post deletion should only be reserved for troll behavior. To each his own though.

  47. Joba Tips his Cap July 13th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    RIP the Boss.

  48. CR9 July 13th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Goodbye Mr. Steinbrenner. Goodbye Mr. Sheppard. The greatest men in the history of the world. The greatest men who did things for all the right reasons. The greatest owner and announcer in the history of the world. How fitting that they get to share their memories only a few days apart. Goodbye, we will never see greater men than the both of you. Heaven just got richer.

  49. Aaron July 13th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    IMO post deletion should only be reserved for troll behavior…

    +1

  50. Patrick July 13th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    IMO post deletion should only be reserved for troll behavior. To each his own though.

    The only troll on here is the guy telling me my comments would be deleted … and the Erica impostor. Honestly my guess is it’s the same person.

    Anyways, off color jokes aside, I really am sad that George is gone. He was a great owner in the sense that no expense was spared to accomplish the one goal of winning.

    He might have fired people for petty reasons but he also was an incredibly generous and charitable person.

    RIP Boss :(

  51. austinmac July 13th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    George Steinbrenner buying the Yankees from CBS is the best thing that ever happened in my life as a sports fan. His insatiable desire to win was such a change. He made mistakes. Haven’t we all? But, he never wavered from his efforts to bring us the best team possible. He reinvested in the team rather than fattening his wallet.

    Mr. Steinbrenner, thank you. You will be missed not only by we fans but also by the innumerable people you have privately helped over the course of your life. And what a life it was.

  52. Aaron July 13th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    The greatest men in the history of the world..

    Seriously? Did you just write that?

  53. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 13th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    The MLB coverage is almost directly everything from the Yankeeography I just watched on YES. Just a different narrator.

  54. Peter R July 13th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Sorry guys I have to disagree with the complaints about comment moderation here. Obviously this is quite a busy day for a Yankee writer and cant really expect anyone to sit here on this blog all day and delete unsavory comments.

    This is a NY Yankees blog, by NY Yankee reporters. They are doing their jobs fine. If you want a discussion place with full comment moderation, I suggest you find a proper web forum. Otherwise, I am sure Chad, Josh or Sam will delete the nasty comments when they get a chance.

    I would suggest that they seriously look into a proper web comment system. Such as http://disqus.com/. It works greats, should be easy to integrate into a site and allows for real unique user names. That or they should give someone who has the time, and isn’t busy writing, some moderator abilities to remove bad comments.

    Until then, lets just ignore the clowns.

    RIP Boss, you were a true champion and they best kind of owner a fan could ask for. You will surely be missed by those who love you, and remembered by all.

  55. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    SI_JonHeyman players union chief michael weiner: steinbrenner “understood and embraced the power of the players.” … exactly right

  56. MLBTRCommentModerator July 13th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I meant no offense, Patrick. Posters are rarely banned on MLB Trade Rumors, but comments are occasionally deleted. Suggesting someone is going to he11 is a deletion of a comment.

    There are no impostor Erica’s on MLB Trade Rumors because of registration.

  57. rob July 13th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    This is a very sad day! I hope his family and all those around will be comforted by the fact he went out as a champion.

    For the tax question, this year because of a loophole, there is no estate tax. Therefore, if all holdings were still in Steinbrenner’s sole possesion his family would pay zero tax.

    Again, this is very sad. I hope his sons try to continue his legacy and to provide New York with a championship every year.

  58. Wakka Wakka July 13th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Aaron what are you here for? To be the hyperbole monitor? Christ, let people type what they have to type. They are simply showing respect.

  59. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Something a lot of people probably don’t know about George:

    “His first sports ownership gig would come in 1960, when he purchased the basketball franchise- Cleveland Pipers.

    It was an ABL team, who hired the first ever African American coach in professional basketball history”

  60. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards July 13th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    lets win it all this year for the ‘boss’ and the ‘voice’

  61. Aaron July 13th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Whatever blows your hair back, Wakka.

  62. Mike_Boston July 13th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I wonder if deep down he wanted to time it so he can be in the spotlight tonight? Think about it, there isn’t a bigger game/night in MLB, or any other sport, for another few months…either way RIP!

  63. LGY July 13th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”

  64. E-gawa July 13th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    RIP BOSS… Thanks for caring.

  65. Wakka Wakka July 13th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Oh, sweet. Internet tough guy. Yaaaaaay.

  66. Carl July 13th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Rooking Hazing when Melky and others dressed like the boss

    http://allthingsbubba.blogspot.....g-day.html

  67. Yankee48 July 13th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    my uncle just showed me the text my other uncle sent him this morning… “bob sheppard died first so he could announce George’s arrival to the pearly gates, and jack (my grandfather that died July 7th just a week ago at age 80, a huge fan]) was there to bust his balls soon after.”

  68. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    When Larry David was on “Centerstage” he told a funny story about George.

    Apparently they did shoot some scenes with George for Seinfeld but after seeing the takes the producers decided they couldn’t use them. So Larry got the privilege of actually calling George and “firing” him. The exchange went something like this.

    LD: “Uhm… Mr. Steinbrenner, I’m afraid I have some bad news to tell you”

    George: “That’s OK I’m a big boy I can take it.”

    Larry tells him they won’t be using his scenes.

    George: “OK then very good” …..Hangs up phone.

    And that’s kind of the way I picture George reacting when the Grim Reaper came calling for him this morning.

  69. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards July 13th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    jim bouton once said bout the ‘boss’ that “he’d been born on 3rd base, and he thought he hit a triple”.

    :)

    today, he stole home.

  70. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Yankee48 July 13th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    my uncle just showed me the text my other uncle sent him this morning? ?bob sheppard died first so he could announce George?s arrival to the pearly gates, and jack (my grandfather that died July 7th just a week ago at age 80, a huge fan]) was there to bust his balls soon after.?

    *********************
    Yankee48-great text! My condolences on the loss of your grandpa.

  71. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Bronx Jeers-I love that Larry David story. :)

  72. Erin July 13th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    New Post-Yogi: ?George was The Boss”

    :arrow:

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