13 July 2010

STEINBRENNER TRIBUTES

NEW TRIBUTES WILL BE ADDED TO THE TOP AS I FIND THEM.


"George Steinbrenner was a great friend and a true legend. There will never be anyone like him in New York. We've lost a truly great man." Donald Trump

"He has left an indelible legacy on the Yankees, on baseball, and on our city, and he leaves us in the only way that would be appropriate: as a reigning world champion. Few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner. George had a deep love for New York, and his steely determination to succeed combined with his deep respect and appreciation for talent and hard work made him a quintessential New Yorker." NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

"I will always remember George Steinbrenner as a passionate man, a tough boss, a true visionary, a great humanitarian, and a dear friend. I will be forever grateful that he trusted me with his Yankees for 12 years. My heart goes out to his entire family. He will be deeply missed in New York, Tampa and throughout the world of baseball. It's only fitting that he went out as a world champ." Former Yankee Manage Joe Torre

“We at YES are saddened by the passing of George M. Steinbrenner. He was a New York icon and a sports icon, a true visionary who will be greatly missed. His vision of a team-owned regional sports network for the Yankees, resulting in the formation of the YES Network, revolutionized the sports business. Mr. Steinbrenner’s influence on the world of sports is tremendous, and will be felt long after he’s gone. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization.” Tracy Dolgin, President and CEO of the YES Network

"George was 'The Boss,' make no mistake. He built the Yankees into champions, and that's something nobody can ever deny. He was a very generous, caring, passionate man. George and I had our differences, but who didn't? We became great friends over the last decade and I will miss him very much." Hall of Famer Yogi Berra

"The Boston Red Sox deeply mourn the passing of George M. Steinbrenner III this morning at the age of 80. Principal Owner John W. Henry extended sincere condolences on behalf of the organization to Joan Steinbrenner, George's wife of 54 years, his children, his grandchildren, the entire Steinbrenner family, and the New York Yankees organization. I had the good fortune to call George Steinbrenner both partner and friend. I had the privilege to watch George as he built a system that ensured his beloved Yankees would have a strong foundation for sustained excellence. And then we fiercely competed in the American League. George Steinbrenner forever changed baseball and hopefully some day we will see him honored in baseball's Hall of Fame as one of the great figures in the history of sports." Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry

"I think the thing I learned from him more than anything is to never quit ... When I got knocked down, he was there to pick me up." Former Yankee Darryl Strawberry

"When I came off my suspension in '95, a lot of people turned their back on me and had every right to do so, but he welcomed me back with open arms to recapture my career in New York and join the Yankees." Former Yankee Doc Gooden.

"He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and all of the other Yankee legends. Although we would have disagreements over the years, they never interfered with our friendship and commitment to each other. Our friendship was built on loyalty and trust and it never wavered." Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig

"The passing of George Steinbrenner marks the end of an era in New York City baseball history. George was a larger than life figure and a force in the industry." NY Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he was able to accomplish both in business and professional sports. He was very warm and gracious to me, personally writing numerous encouraging letters supporting my ownership of the Redskins. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family." Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder

“The Washington Nationals and the Lerner Family are deeply saddened by the loss of George Steinbrenner – a monumental figure of the baseball world for more than 35 years. He will be remembered as a driven competitor and champion, but also a man who gave much to the people and communities he loved. George was a one of a kind owner, sports figure, and man. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and Yankees fans everywhere.” Washington Nationals Statement


"George was like a father figure to me. He treated me well, he treated me fair and he gave me a wonderful opportunity to play and manage the game we all love." Chicago Cubs manager/Former Yankee Lou Piniella.


"I remember a man driven to succeed. He was the owner, 'The Boss' and number one fan of the Yankees." Dodgers hitting coach and former Yankees star Don Mattingly.

"His impact on the game is impossible to measure. If you were a Yankee fan there was no better owner because he would do anything at any cost to put the best team on the field." Former Yankees Coach Don Zimmer.

"George Steinbrenner's passion for the game of baseball helped revive one of the game's most storied franchises, and in the process ushered in the modern era of baseball business operations. Mr. Steinbrenner understood and embraced the power of the players, and he put this knowledge to good use in establishing the Yankees as one of the sports world's most iconic brands." Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

"George Steinbrenner was too complex a person to adequately describe in a short statement, but he was a great friend of mine and he will be missed. His impact on the game cannot be denied." Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.


"George Steinbrenner's Yankees represent the will to overcome all odds which is precisely the will New Yorkers display when meeting every challenge they face. George will be greatly be missed but his legacy will carry on in the hearts and minds of all baseball fans." Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.


"We have lost a true leader in sports - someone who not only saw the big picture but helped create the scene on the canvas." Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.


"As an active participant in the organizational direction and operations of the New York Yankees, his name is as synonymous with that franchise as any of the legendary athletes who have played in pinstripes." Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.


"We all suffered a huge loss today. Mr. Steinbrenner was a great man, great owner, that did so many amazing things. You will truly be missed." Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain


"He was a giant in our game and he built an empire. All he was was a winner. He wanted to give the fans a winner, and that's exactly what he did." Dodgers Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda.


"George Steinbrenner was a dynamic personality in sports and in business. He was the ultimate competitor in both worlds. All of us in the business of sports want to win; that is the objective. George personified that ambition." New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

"I will remember him as a winner whose passion and enthusiasm became part of the fabric of New York City. He was an inspiration and represented the essence of leadership." New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.


"He had a tremendous impact on the Olympic movement in the U.S. He was devoted to sport and the pursuit of excellence and because of that, a generation of Olympic athletes have benefited." U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst.

“Today is a sad day. George was one of the most important owners in sports and whether you liked it or not he knew how to win. He made the mold in how to be a winner. He helped a lot of people, including myself, during his tenure as Yankees owner. Baseball has lost a huge figure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Former Yankee Chris Chambliss

"The passing of George Steinbrenner marks the end of an era. Baseball has lost a giant, New York has lost a champion, and we have lost a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Steinbrenner family today and with all the friends, colleagues, and fans who loved The Boss.

We were delighted to host George and the team at the White House in 1999 to celebrate one of their many World Series victories, and privileged to call him our friend. The man behind the myth was generous, loyal and always passionate. He will be sorely missed." President Bill Clinton & Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

"The Minnesota Vikings ownership and organization wish to extend their condolences to the George Steinbrenner family and the New York Yankees on Mr. Steinbrenner's passing earlier today. As an instrumental figure in Major League Baseball and all of professional sports, Mr. Steinbrenner helped the Yankees develop an uncompromising style in their quest for championships. Under Steinbrenner's stewardship, Major League Baseball experienced significant growth while the Yankees became a recognizable sports icon throughout the world -- the standard for both competitiveness and excellence. Most importantly, Mr. Steinbrenner's commitment to charitable giving, amateur sports and the United States Olympic Committee became staples of his consistent community outreach. The Vikings thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Steinbrenner's family and friends." Minnesota Vikings Ownership Group

"This is a huge loss for baseball. George was a true winner. I worked for him for 10 years and we got along great. He was tough guy, but he was also very nice and he had a big heart. I remember when the annual Winter Meetings were really exciting, guys like George Steinbrenner, Ted Turner (Atlanta Braves) and Brad Corbett (Texas Rangers) really made them something to look forward to - they were always the life of the meetings. George will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Yankees." Braves Manager/Former Yankee Bobby Cox

"I am deeply saddened by the death of George Steinbrenner. Our community has lost a grand and generous person who made a difference in ways large and small. With a larger-than-life personality, he leaves a lasting legacy in sports, business, and philanthropy. Many times he worked behind the scenes to help individuals and institutions – all to make Tampa a better place to live. He was a true community leader." Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

"George Steinbrenner's impact on both the game of baseball and in the Tampa Bay community will have an everlasting effect on us all. We send our deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization." Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg

"National Action Network, my family, and I send our sincere condolences to the family of George Steinbrenner. I have known and worked with him down through the years and though we did not always agree we developed a very healthy and cordial relationship and we both took ironic pleasure in the fact that his granddaughter Haley and my daughter Dominique performed in a play together and became roommates. Since then they haven't left each other's side and are mutual best friends. George Steinbrenner allowed Dominique to affectionately call him "Bumpa" which is a name that only his grandchildren called him. Haley called Dominique early this morning before it went public and we share in the personal pain of the Steinbrenner family."
Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network

“George Steinbrenner and I share Cleveland as our original hometown and I remember coincidentally being across an airplane aisle from George as he flew to New York in 1973 to complete his purchase of the New York Yankees. We have watched with admiration as George went on to become one of the great New Yorkers of all time. George was an incomparable presence, not only in baseball, but in all of sports, and all of us at Cablevision and MSG extend our deepest sympathies to his family, his beloved Yankees and his many friends and fans everywhere." Cablevision Systems Corporation Chairman Charles Dolan

“I have known George Steinbrenner since we purchased the Astros in 1993. He was one of the few owners still involved today. He welcomed me as an owner and said that they were looking for new ideas, marketing, and leadership in Major League Baseball. Each time he was at an Owner’s meeting, he went out of his way to extend his friendship, and he certainly made me feel at home. We regret very much his passing, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the New York Yankees. He will be missed.” Astros Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane


"George Steinbrenner was passionate not only about the Yankees, but also all of baseball. Everyone in and around Major League Baseball, along with millions of Yankee fans, will miss George's larger than life presence. I knew George personally for more than 35 years, and I was very fond of him. George was very proud that his beloved Yankees were left in good hands. The entire Marlins organization joins me in extending condolences to the Steinbrenner family." Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria

"The most significant, the most impactful owner that our sport has ever seen." Former Yankee Aaron Boone

"I met the real George Steinbrenner on only one occasion when he actually came and played himself on an episode of SEINFELD. He seemed to really enjoy himself. I did not get to know him but the fact that he allowed himself and his beloved team to be satirized on our show is an indication to me of his true character. He was certainly a legend and I am pleased to have been associated with him, even if only in fiction. My sympathies to his family, friends and fans." Actor Jason (George Costanza)Alexander

"The Charleston RiverDogs, an affiliate of the 27-time World Series Champion New York Yankees, are deeply saddened by the passing of George M. Steinbrenner III. We will forever remember The Boss as a true visionary and giant in the world of sports and offer our condolences to the many people whose lives have been touched and enhanced by such an incredible individual." Marv Goldklang, principal owner of the RiverDogs and a limited partner of the Yankees

“George was personable, friendly and truly cared about his franchise and the fans. We always admired his drive to be the best.” Detroit Tigers Owners Michael and Marian Ilitch

“Today we lost a great person, a great leader and a great American. There will never be anyone like George Steinbrenner. He was a winner.” Yankees president Randy Levine.

“R.I.P George Steinbrenner The Great. U will be missed dearly.” Miami Heat forward LeBron James, from his Twitter account.


"Mr. Steinbrenner's passion for the game was unmatched. He committed himself and all of the Yankees' resources to one thing and one thing only: winning. Opposing players and fans may have bristled at his outspoken leadership over the years, but it was only because they wished they had a Steinbrenner of their own. On behalf of a grateful city and State, I wish comfort during this difficult time to Mr. Steinbrenner's wife, Elizabeth, and children, Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer. He will truly be missed." NY Governor David A. Paterson

"I admired the man tremendously. He was the one who brought the Yankees back to prominence. All the little things that went on during his first years of ownership were growing pains for him and he is one of those guys that will be missed a lot."I was watching TV when I heard about it and it was very sad to hear of the loss. We wouldn't have been in three straight World Series if it wasn't for him. We lost to Cincinnati in '76 and came back to win back-to-back championships in '77 and '78 because of his determination to be the best. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Steinbrenner family." Former Yankee Sparky Lyle

"Mr. Steinbrenner had a unique and storied career in baseball. Any owner that wins seven World Series titles, that speaks for itself. I think you hear in many of the tributes today that his -- maybe his greater lasting impact will be the organizations that he worked with and the charities that he worked with over the course of a long and storied career that had a real impact on the lives of people all over this country in addition to the championships he brought home to New York on the baseball diamond." Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

"It's a sad day, certainly for his family and baseball, the Yankees and those who knew him well. We lost not only, in my mind, an outstanding individual, but a good friend. And he remained that way. The area that most people don't know, or don't want to know, is what he did for charities and the reason he did them. He did them because he felt it was the right thing. What he did for the Armed Forces and what his whole family continues to be involved with, is fantastic. I'm sure you can see a lot of that association at Yankee Stadium lots of times. The Steinbrenner family thinks that way. They do things not for what the public thinks, but because they're right." NJ Devils GM Lou Lamoriello


"The Boss passed this morning leaving behind a legacy and a sports empire that will never be matched. George, Billy, Thurm and The Mick are together again. Heaven will never be the same." Mike Passeri, Editor in Chief of New York Yankees Update

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