Last night the Yankees played for first time since the passing of George Steinbrenner. It was an emotional night filled with touching tributes, but as we know, the greatest tribute to the Boss would have been to win. And the Yankees did just that, and in dramatic fashion might I add. The entire night the Yankees battled behind CC Sabathia, who only allowed 3 earned runs despite not being on top of his game. Going into the bottom of the ninth inning the score was tied at four and Yankees were looking to finish off the Rays. Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ramiro Pena. Following a walk by Brett Gardner and a strikeout of Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher came up to the plate. On the fourth pitch of Swisher’s at bat he lined a single to right field and Curtis Granderson came home to score the winning run. Start spreading the news, it’s time for pie. Nick Swisher sent the loyal Yankee fans home happy on an emotional evening, and somewhere up in heaven George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard were smiling.
Just two days ago legendary Yankee public address announcer, Bob Sheppard, passed away at age 99, legendary Yankee owner, George M. Steinbrenner passed away at age 80 after suffering a heart attack.
Bob Sheppard served as the Yankees public address announcer from 1951 until 2007 when he made his last trip to Yankee Stadium. Throughout his storied career Sheppard has introduced the likes of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra to Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter. Bob Sheppard will forever be remembered as the irreplaceable Voice of the Yankees. He will continue to be heard off a pre-recorded tape at Yankee Stadium every time Derek Jeter comes to bat, and his unforgettable voice will always be in our heads along with his great legacy.
Just two days after Sheppard’s passing the most influential man in the history of sports has passed away this morning. George Steinbrenner had been in declining health the past few years and this morning he died in a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. Without Steinbrenner the Yankees would most certainly not be where they are today at the top of the sports world. When Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973 they were a struggling team, who in all honesty, were not very likable. Steinbrenner expanded the Yankees into a world icon and won seven championships along the way. Steinbrenner was famous for his tirades and emotional outbursts but he was also a loyal, kind, and generous man. In his early days he may have appeared to have been a scary man on the outside,but his players respected him and many loved him.
Today is an incredibly sad day in the Yankee Universe, but at least George went out on top winning a championship last year. We all know George only cared about winning and breathing. George Steinbrenner will always be remembered as the greatest and most influential figure in the history of sports.
Rest in peace, George and Bob.
Today is a big day in the Yankee Universe, it is not only the 4th of July, but it is George Steinbrenner’s 80th birthday. While George may not be running the show anymore, his presence is still felt and carried on by his son Hal. And let’s not forget all that George Steinbrenner has meant to the Yankees. He is the reason the Yankees have a beautiful new stadium and tons of resources available to create the best team possible. If it were not for George, the Yankees would be a very different team. So on his birthday, let’s remember and he has meant to the Yankees. Happy Birthday George! And, thank you for all you have done.
In honor of George Steinbrenner, today the Yankees plan to display all seven World Series trophies the team has won since Steinbrenner took control of the team in 1973. And I am sure they have some more events planned for the celebration of the 4th of July. It should be a fun day!
Happy Fourth of July!
“The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth”
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest speech in baseball history. 70 years ago, Lou Gehrig spoke to a crowd of 61,808 at Yankee Stadium. As you know, he was suffering from an unknown disease, which is now known as ALS, but commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Before and during the game today, the Yankees are going to honor Lou Gehrig. Prior to the game, the Yankees will have a video tribute which includes some of today’s players reciting part of the famous speech. During the game, the Yankees will wear 4ALS patches on their jerseys, and the number 4 will be on 1st base. The Yankees will also honor Michael Goldsmith, and ALS sufferer who encouraged MLB to take initiative with ALS.
Happy Birthday George!
Today is also George Steinbrenner’s birthday! I wish him a wonderful birthday, and I hope he feels better. I think some people do not recognize all that George Steinbrenner has done for the Yankees. When he purchased the New York Yankees in 1973 he took a struggling team and quickly transformed it into a championship caliber team. He was selfless in his efforts to improve his team, willing to spend as much as it took to sign a great player, or make a blockbuster trade. George Steinbrenner is also the reason the Yankees are playing in a beautiful, modern, yet traditional new stadium. He always did what was best for his team and what was best for the teams fans. Thank you George.
Here is today’s starting lineup via PeteAbe:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
DH Hideki Matsui
RF Nick Swisher
CF Brett Gardner
And on the mound, Chien-Ming Wang
Have a great 4th of July and remember Lou Gehrig and remember how much George Steinbrenner has meant to the New York Yankees organization.
Chien-Ming Wang left the game with a strained shoulder. Just when he was starting to look good…