From Michael Geffner -
Before I ever arrived here, I heard the scuttlebutt that the Boss wouldn’t be around much in camp, that his gradual but inexorable disappearance from the Yankee scene would go another level deeper, fade more into the black of that final good night.
And so far, in the first 10 days of spring training, this has been entirely true, as George Steinbrenner has surfaced a just twice, looking shockingly pale and frail, walking with an unsteady, if not limping gait, and at least that first time, on opening day, he slurred the few words he was able to utter.
Mind you, it must be said that we in the media have never been offered an official announcement about what exactly is wrong with the man, of how bad it his health is, whether he has Alzheimer’s or dementia or simply is deteriorating from the process of age, from existing on this planet for 76 years.
All we’ve ever gotten are rumors, including some pretty wild ones and sad ones, like the Boss coming face to face with Reggie Jackson and not recognizing the guy, or remembering Alex Rodriguez’s name.
I can tell you this with absolute certainty: The Steinbrenner we’ve known these last 30 years, the one we’ve hated and loved and admired and criticized, is long gone.