• Forbes Asks Stein

    Posted by on May 25th, 2006 · Comments (1)

    Forbes has a running a puff-piece on Steinbrenner. A sample of it:

    What was your big break?

    Undoubtedly, back in 1973, when I assembled a group together to purchase the New York Yankees from CBS.

    What has been your biggest failure?

    There have been so many, it’s impossible to select only one.

    How many hours do you work in an average week now?

    Too many. I work from my home office from 8:00 a.m. until noon. I get to the office at 1:00 p.m. and work there until 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. I take my last phone call at home about 11:00 p.m.

    What is the worst thing about work?

    Time. There isn’t enough of it to accomplish everything you’d like to get done.

    What is the best thing about work?

    The challenge, the personal sense of accomplishment, the leading of people and the sharp mental edge that working enables you to maintain.

    It would be interesting, someday, to see that list of Yankees failures (in his mind). I wonder if it would synch up with the list that Yankees fans would put together?

    Spira? Yogi? Being in The Scout? What would you say should be on the list?

    Comments on Forbes Asks Stein

    1. rbj
      May 25th, 2006 | 10:57 am

      General impatience in the 1980s, revolving door managers, not letting homegrown players develop (aside from Mattingly).
      Spira & Yogi are definitely up there. Although, the Spira thing got George suspended for a couple of years, allowing players in the farm system to develop and bring in 4 WS titles. At the time, Spira was bad, but it wound up working out better than anyone could have predicted.

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