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20 Dec 2010 22:03


Politics: Free, with a catch: N.Y.’s David Paterson fined over World Series tix

  • $62,125 in other words, market value source
  • » Why was he nailed? Simple. The five tickets, which were given to him by the Yankees, represented a conflict of interest, due to the fact that the state does business with the Yankees in multiple ways. Oh, also, he lied about intending to pay the Yankees back for the tickets, something which was widely refuted by others, including members of his own staff. Basically, if you’re a politician, you probably shouldn’t take free tickets for anything.

13 Jul 2010 10:39


Culture: RIP George Steinbrenner: The original larger-than-life franchise owner

  • He just turned 80 the other day. Say what you will about the guy (and people had lots to say about him during his 37-year reign), but the Yankees owner knew how to win. He knew how to get the right players, put the right people in place and win the World Series, much to the chagrin of every other team out there. He died of a heart attack last night. Some key facts:
  • sevennumber of World Series under Steinbrenner’s reign
  • 11 number of pennants his teams won over nearly four decades
  • $1.6B the amount it cost to put together that kind of record

His pop-culture place

  • He was a constant figure on “Seinfeld.” Well, kinda. When George Costanza worked with the Yankees, he was a source of parody, never actually seen onscreen but always worth a laugh or two at his expense. Larry David voiced the parody Steinbrenner and Lee Bear played him. It wasn’t his only spot in pop culture, but it was his most prominent.

Key quote about the guy

  • To be able to deliver this to the Boss, to the stadium he created and the atmosphere he created around here, it’s very gratifying to all of us.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi • Talking after the team’s World Series success in the new Yankees Stadium. Steinbrenner held his teams to high standards – he had to, he paid out of the wazoo for them – but the results often proved his model correct. The manager before Girardi, Joe Torre, left after failing to win the World Series, despite yearly playoff appearances. By the end, George had given his sons Hal and Hank increasing authority over the team, but the base was all his. Still doesn’t mean Red Sox fans have to like it. source

17 Apr 2009 09:51


Politics, Sports: Are we alone in not caring about Yankee Stadium, guys?

We realize the new stadium is like the eighth wonder of the world, but given the economy, it feels super-gaudy and excessive. source

09 Feb 2009 22:25


Sports: A-Rod & steroids: The man knows his PR crisis management

  • I’m finally beginning to grow up. I’m pretty tired of being stupid and selfish, you know, about myself. The truth needed to come out a long time ago. I’m glad it’s coming out today.
  • Alex Rodriguez • In an interview on ESPN where the slugger admitted his steroid use and apologized for it. He said that he used performance-enhancing drugs between 2001 and 2003 while a player for the Texas Rangers • source

30 Jan 2009 15:23


Sports: Derek Jeter is pretty wise about the Yankees’ chances

  • Pretty much, if you think about it, every year we have a good team on paper. We get an opportunity to win. But you don’t win for just having good players on paper.
  • Derek Jeter • On the Yankees’ addition of big-contract marquee players CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira. He’s right, you know. Jeter answered that question while dodging another about the possibility of the Yankees adding a no-book clause to player and coach contracts, in the wake of Joe Torre’s new tell-all book, “The Yankee Years.” • source