• ESPN 30 For 30: The House Of Steinbrenner

    Posted by on September 30th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    I finally got to see this one. I know that the early reviews on this were bad. But, I really liked it.

    I thought they did a very good job with the old interview clips of Big Stein. And, the footage of the old Stadium and its demolition were beautiful. The bits with the fans were nice as well. When that one guy, who was working on taking down the old Stadium, said that he hopes, in the future, when his kids go to the new Yankee Stadium, that when they look at the old spot, that they will think of him…well..if that doesn’t tug on your heart strings, what will?

    I also thought it was a very fair job. And, I especially liked the time given to the critics of the new Stadium and the current powers that be in the Yankees front office. Having seen it now, I totally get why the Yankees were not pleased with this film.

    Hal Steinbrenner did come across bad in it. He’s nothing like his old man and probably in over his head right now. Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal seems more like her dad and probably would have been a better choice to be in charge. In any event, while Hal was talking about the peace and solitude of flying, it was like listening to Munson back in 1979. The scary part was the picture of Munson over Hal’s right shoulder when he was being interviewed. If I’m Mama Stein, I’m telling Hal to ditch the plane and the wannabe fly-boy routine. Get a new and safer hobby.

    If you haven’t seen this one, and have been scared off by the early reviews, I suggest checking it out and giving it a try. Again, the footage of Big Stein and the old Stadium, alone, make it worth viewing, in my opinion.

    Comments on ESPN 30 For 30: The House Of Steinbrenner

    1. Raf
      September 30th, 2010 | 3:16 pm

      Flying is safer than driving. Munson was flying a plane that exceeded his capabilities.

    2. MJ Recanati
      September 30th, 2010 | 3:23 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Hal Steinbrenner did come across bad in it. He’s nothing like his old man and probably in over his head right now. Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal seems more like her dad and probably would have been a better choice to be in charge

      I couldn’t disagree more about Hal being in over his head. If anything, the fact that he even has a head at all is an improvement over his father and older brother. If Jennifer is like her father, I can only imagine she’d be just as bad at the job as Hank was in 2008.

      No, Hal is perfect for the job. He’s rich, he’s dispassionate, he’s willing to let the baseball people do their job without interfering or micromanaging.

      How could you possibly argue that Hal is in over his head?

      As to the movie itself, meh…it’s kind of dated material now. All the populist pissing and moaning about the ballpark has largely subsided now that the Yanks won the World Series, lowered prices and dispatched the myth that the stadium was only for rich non-fans.

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