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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Yankee haters mourn Boss’ passing, Part III

For Yankee haters, team owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80, was a gift that rarely stopped giving. Here are two more Boss highlights for Yankee haters: 1. Suspended by MLB in 1974 for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and obstruction of justice. 2. Suspended by MLB in 1990 for hiring someone to find reputation-damaging information on former Yankees star and future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. It was a fun ride, but Yankee haters won’t have… Read More »

Steinbrenner as himself

Turns out the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner didn’t always take himself so seriously. You probably know about the several send-ups Larry David did of The Boss on various Seinfeld episodes in the 1990s. But Steinbrenner also appeared on a Seinfeld episode, as himself — and he wasn’t bad, and kind of funny in a self send-up sort of way. Check out the clip from YouTube. [youtube A8FUgN4xYoc]

Yankee haters mourn Boss’ passing, Part II

For Yankee haters, team owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80, was a gift that rarely stopped giving. Here are three more Boss highlights for Yankee haters: 1. Firing Yankee icon and beloved Hall of Famer Yogi Berra as manager after just 16 games (6-10) in the 1985 season. 2. Firing of Hall of Famer Bob Lemon as manager after just 14 games (6-8) of the 1982 season. 3. Enforcing an anti-free speech policy of not allowing fans… Read More »

Larry David as George Steinbrenner

What better way to honor the memory of the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner than to listen to voice-overs of the The Boss that Larry David did on several Seinfeld episodes in the 1990s? In pitch-perfect timbre and cadence, David hilariously captured the bloviating blowhard bluster that was Steinbrenner. Trust me, you’ll laugh out loud. Got to YouTube and type in “Larry David as George Steinbrenner.”

Yankee haters mourn Boss’ passing, Part I

For Yankee haters, team owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80, was a gift that rarely stopped giving. Here are five Boss highlights for Yankee haters: 1. Apparently clueless that he had one of the all-time great play-by-play broadcasters in Hank Greenwald for the 1987 and ’88 seasons, Steinbrenner let Greenwald return to the Giants, whose radio listeners rejoiced. 2. Sticking New York City taxpayers with partially subsidizing the $1.5 billion new Yankee Stadium. 3. The old Yankee… Read More »