From the Daily News -
A standing ovation from his team brought George Steinbrenner to tears Monday night at the Yanks’ popular “Welcome Home” charity dinner at the midtown Sheraton, a few hours after their Opening Day victory over the Devil Rays.
Steinbrenner, who repeatedly cried throughout the night, also got a warm thank-you from Joe Torre, the manager he nearly fired last October, when Torre stood at the dais in front of the players and about 1,200 fans and told The Boss, “Thank you, George Steinbrenner for believing in me a dozen years ago. I played 16 years in the big leagues and this is the most fun I’ve had, managing in my hometown, and I really appreciate it a great deal.”
At Monday’s dinner, Steinbrenner sat at his own table, his wife Joan, daughters Jennifer and Jessica and their children surrounding him. Steinbrenner, who was also accompanied by his physician and bodyguard, stood and waved to fans when one of the emcees, broadcaster John Sterling, said The Boss was “the best damn owner in sports.” That’s when the Yankee players stood and applauded and Steinbrenner got emotional.
Nice touch by the Yankees team. Stein was “accompanied by his physician” at the dinner? That’s never a good sign.