With his death yesterday morning, George Steinbrenner instantly became the biggest sports story of the day – bigger even, than last night’s MLB All Star game, won by the National League, 3-1.
ESPN dedicated the entire day to Steinbrenner coverage, and FOX dedicated their broadcast of the All Star game last night to the fallen Yankees owner.
I realize I am fully in the minority on this one, but I find it a bit hypocritical for the media to lavish such praise and make all-day glowing tributes to a man who a) was a convicted felon for making illegal campaign contributions and obstruction of justice, resulting in a suspension from baseball and b) was suspended a second time from baseball for paying off a gambler to dig up dirt on one of his superstar players (Dave Winfield). Yes, he made huge contributions to charities, including The Jimmy Fund, but he also bullied his employees as a matter of routine.
He gave the media endless material to work with, and that, I suspect is among the biggest motivation for all the glowing tributes offered up. I’ve heard over and over – stated as fact – that any sports fan (especially Boston fans) would’ve loved to have had Steinbrenner as the owner of their franchise. You know what? At this point, I’m pretty happy with John Henry and Robert Kraft.
Just one man’s opinion.
Here’s the Top 10 for today:
“I’d have a better chance of being struck by lightning than me and him getting a pizza together,” he said. “You can take that for what it’s worth. But there was no chance on God’s green earth that I was getting a pizza with him.”
Battling back – David Willis talks to Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, who has been rehabbing with the Lowell Spinners as he tries to make it back to the big club.
Without a bat, Ortiz at a loss – Gordon Edes has David Ortiz getting thrown out at second base in the ninth inning last night to kill a potential AL rally.
Unclear future for ailing Sox – Alex Speier looks at what the second half may hold for the Red Sox.
What becomes of the Red Sox without Adrian Gonzalez – With the Padres slugger off the trade market, Rob Bradford examines how the Red Sox might look to fill the middle of their order.
For Ray Allen, Celts are home– Mark Murphy has Ray Allen talking about his return to the Celtics, and giving his thoughts on the new-look Miami Heat.
Celtics may have to overpay for Nate – Chris Forberg says that perhaps the Celtics cannot afford to let Nate Robinson walk away.
Exciting times for the Bruins – Joe Haggerty says there is excitement among both the fans and team as they prepare for the “Seguin Effect.”
Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate’s Skills Could Add New Dimensions to Patriots’ Offense – Jeff Howe looks at the potential impact of the two second-year receivers.
Positional Previews – Special Teams – Patriots Daily kicks off training camp previews with a look at the Patriots special teams.