Quote of the Day: George Steinbrenner edition

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I’ve said my piece on Steinbrenner, but I’m sure he’d think he could say it better himself.

All of these things were actually said by George Steinbrenner at one point or another. Some of these words constitute genuine wisdom. Some of them constitute craziness. Some of them are flat out lies.  One of them is a little eerie and sad after today’s  events. All of them, however, go a long way towards explaining what George Steinbrenner was all about, for better and for worse:

  • “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”
  • “I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball.”
  • “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”
  • “I will never have a heart attack. I give them.”
  • “Don’t talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what’s good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.”
  • “I am tough. Sometimes I’m unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.”
  • “I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think owners should be.”
  • “I haven’t always made the right decisions.”
  • “I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful – but I know that I have tried.”  
  • “In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.”