• Big Stein’s Passing – One Year Later

    Posted by on July 13th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Bob Nightengale and Paul White had a great feature yesterday on how George Steinbrenner’s death changes the Yankees.  Note this part:

    Although George Steinbrenner, who bought the team in 1973, had gradually stepped away from the heavy lifting of the Yankees in the years before his death, there has been a distinct change in the feel and operation of the franchise in the past year.

    “It’s a lot more businesslike today,” says Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada, who along with Mariano Rivera and Jeter are the last remaining members of the World Series championship run that started in 1996. “I know baseball has changed a lot, but it’s especially changed here.

    “I will always remember the way it was here when (Steinbrenner) was alive. The things he did for a lot of the players, the things he did behind closed doors … well, you just don’t see that now.”

    Yup.

    Comments on Big Stein’s Passing – One Year Later

    1. Evan3457
      July 13th, 2011 | 6:01 pm

      The irrationality isn’t there anymore either. The impulse moves have diminished.

      There was good and bad. Let’s not focus on the good, and fail to remember the bad.

    2. 77yankees
      July 13th, 2011 | 8:17 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The impulse moves have diminished.

      Two words: Rafael Soriano

    3. LMJ229
      July 13th, 2011 | 10:38 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      There was good and bad. Let’s not focus on the good, and fail to remember the bad.

      Well said.

      I can understand what Jorge is saying. It does feel alot more “business-like” around the Yankees now-a-days with Brian Cashman always referring to the players as “assets” and the like. Cashman does take a very unemotional, business-like approach to things whereas George was a very emotional guy. With George, it probably seemed like he was the very stern and demanding (albeit loving) father in a big family. Cashman and the Steinbrothers just don’t fit that bill. I would guess that the players probably prefer George’s approach to Cashman’s because it makes them feel more appreciated.

    4. Raf
      July 14th, 2011 | 10:11 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I would guess that the players probably prefer George’s approach to Cashman’s because it makes them feel more appreciated.

      Depends on the player, I suppose. George dumped on his fair share of players as well.

    5. Evan3457
      July 14th, 2011 | 11:48 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      The impulse moves have diminished.
      Two words: Rafael Soriano

      Hence: “diminshed”, not “eliminated”.

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