(Steinbrenner, reportedly in ill health, would not agree to be interviewed in person. He answered questions via e-mail.)
(On his biggest realization about managing a business): How hard it was and how volatile I would let myself become when I became frustrated.
(On his biggest realizations about managing a team): The two greatest were the extent to which I would go in order to win and the sheer scope of my loathing to lose.
(On dealing with the New York media): You’re talking to the wrong person. You must know my past relationship with the media. However, as of late I’ve learned that “silence” is a very powerful word.
(On how he feels about the Tampa Bay Devil Rays): The who?
(On his contributions to the Boston Red Sox’s Jimmy Fund): We’re opponents in baseball; we’re allies in helping children. I have a lot of respect for what they’re doing with the Jimmy Fund, and I wouldn’t dream of not supporting such a worthy cause.
(On the portrayal of him on ‘Seinfeld’): I loved it. They weren’t too far from the truth. You must laugh at yourself, and believe me, I do.
“Reportedly in ill health.” Maybe next spring training Big Stein will pull an A-Rod on Day One and come clean on the relationship between him and his health?
O.K., seriously, it’s sad to see that George can’t do face-to-face interviews these days. It’s getting clear that he’s getting closer and closer to being done as the man in charge. I think Yankees fans are going to miss him, in the end.