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.”