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George Steinbrenner (1930-2010)


Renowned firer of managers and one of the titans of American League ownership, Steinbrenner took the flagging Yankee legacy of the 70's and personally ushered in the Age of Ginormous Contracts. With 7 World Series titles to his credit, Steinbrenner's tenure in The National Pastime will always cast a large shadow on the business of professional baseball.

And from the man himself:
"Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance."

BIG NOTE: Atlanta's own Brian McCann knocked in the winning runs for the National League All-Stars and was was named the game's MVP. The NL victory broke a losing streak that lingered since 1996.

The Baseball Gods are smiling....


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Doc Al:

I can just imagine ol' George watching the All-Star Game last night from up in heaven, screaming and yelling and stomping his feet when the National League won and St. Peter trying to calm him down.


My general feeling is that baseball went into a tailspin in the early 80s.

That's probably due to the fact that there isn't a major league team (in any sport) in the state, & it wasn't until after I was grown there was one within a 4 hour drive of here. Maybe if I'd grown up in Atlanta, NYC, or especially Cincinnati I'd look at baseball differently.

However, we do have a minor league team, & when I was growing up, some players who became really high profile (& subsequently wrecked their lives) in the majors played here.

I loved watching baseball when I was playing little league & into high school, but after I quit playing (& after the crybaby strikes), I quit watching.

I think the last really epic high point of baseball was the 1976 Cincinnati Reds--a team full of superstars that played like a team. I don't care for Pete Rose, but he was a mediocre schmuck who excelled by pouring his guts into the game.


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