• Small Private Funeral For The Boss

    Posted by on July 14th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Via Jon Heyman

    George Steinbrenner’s family is planning for a small private funeral for the immediate family that is likely to be held Saturday in Tampa, according to people close to the Yankees owner who died early Tuesday morning after a heart attack in his adopted hometown of Tampa.

    There will be memorials held at George M. Steinbrenner Field, formerly called Legends Field, the Yankees’ spring training home in Tampa and later in New York, where dignitaries will honor the man who bought the Yankees in January, 1973 and became sports’ most iconic owner, probably at a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    Seems to be the smart way to handle this – letting the family have their privacy during a time like this and then having the public memorials later. If they do a ceremony at Yankee Stadium, I wonder if it will be a non-game day…and, if so, what the turnout will be like…

    Comments on Small Private Funeral For The Boss

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 14th, 2010 | 12:19 pm

      Monday, July 19 is the only off-day for the rest of the month and is situated nicely in the middle of a nine-game homestand to start the second half.

      If the Yanks want to do a ceremony at Yankee Stadium on a non-game day, 7/19 is the best (and only) time to do it while the team is still in town in July.

    2. July 14th, 2010 | 12:55 pm

      Probably too soon to pull this all together for next Monday. Betcha it’s 8/5 instead of 7/19. I just hope they don’t do something stupid – like try and sell tickets to it, if it’s not on a game day.

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 14th, 2010 | 1:47 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Although I think they could probably pull something together for next Monday I do agree that 8/5 is the most realistic fallback date.

      If they try to sell tickets for it — which I doubt — then I imagine the proceeds would go to some charity or scholarship fund that Boss was particularly fond of. I’m sure the team wouldn’t try to profit off fans coming to pay their respects to him.

    4. July 14th, 2010 | 3:00 pm

      Never thought of the charity angle – that would make sense, if they did charge. Great point.

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