George Steinbrenner Dies

New York Yankees owner, Tampa resident and philanthropist, suffers a heart attack. Steinbrenner brought the New York Yankees spring training to Tampa during the 1990s.

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Mourning And Mixing Up The Hometown Team

We’re as guilty as the next party highlighting George Steinbrenner — tied to Tampa Bay through his charitable work and being a local resident.

But when the local media starts mixing up who happens to be the hometown team, we take exception. Clark Brooks sounded off on the topic on The Beach Bucket:

And this is by no means yet another diatribe about who Tampa Bay residents should or should not root for and against. That’s just another boring, unwinnable debate better suited for downtime on sports talk radio. This is about the indisputable fact that Tampa Bay is the unqualified home of only one Major League Baseball team, the Rays. That’s the only team that wears white uniforms at Tropicana Field, the only team that wears “TB” on their caps and the only team that will ever have a parade here if they win a championship.

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Glazers On George Steinbrenner

STATEMENT FROM THE GLAZER FAMILY ON THE PASSING OF GEORGE STEINBRENNER

“The sports world and Tampa community have lost a legend and a friend. George was one of the most consequential and colorful executives in sports history. He helped restore his proud franchise to its unique place in sports and society. However, his greatest contributions weren’t those that graced the sports page. He was a caring, gentle giant in our community. George will be sorely missed.”

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Stu Sternberg on Steinbrenner

Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg on the passing of George Steinbrenner

“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.”

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Statement From Don Zimmer

Rays Senior Baseball Advisor Don Zimmer on the passing of George Steinbrenner

“I would prefer to remember him just as he was the first time I met him. I was managing the Red Sox and sitting in the dugout several hours before a game at Yankee Stadium. He was on the mound in a white shirt pitching batting practice to his son. A father throwing to his son.

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.

My deepest sympathies go out to his family."

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A TB Blogger's Personal Interactions With The Boss

Joe Buc’s Fan wrote about his personal interactions with the late Mr. Steinbrenner. It’s a mix of sports encounters — from teh Tampa Yankees to the Tampa Bay Downs horse track and gives another look at King George that the tabloids won’t be reporting.

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"But Why Is This Relevant to Tampa Bay Sports?"

For years, fans like myself often had issues with the fact the Tampa media cozied up to George Steinbrenner.  Not just Steinbrenner but the Yankee organization as a whole.   So this begs the question with his passing: as fans, why are we doing the exact same thing -- giving more press than local fans think necessary -- as the local media?

In a sports perspective, it's a national story not just because Steinbrenner owned one of the most storied franchises in America.  It's because of his influence on Pro-sports as a whole, his bluster and "whatever it takes" mentality of chasing marquee players and offering huge contracts to them.  It's changed the sports landscape entirely.  

Then there's the Tampa angle.  It's his adopted home.  Just like Ted Williams adopted home was in Hernando county.  Steinbrenner was actively part of the community with different philanthropy projects...  Oh, and relocating his ballclub's spring training to the city, which helps generate millions of dollars for the local economy.

It's hard not to acknowledge the late Boss on a Tampa Bay sports web site.  Even though the Rays are the area's team, Steinbrenner was one of the original big-shot sports characters of the region.

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George Steinbrenner Passes

New York Yankees owner and Tampa resident George Steinbrenner, has passed away at age 80. The cause appears to be a heart attack.  

Nicknamed "The Boss", Steinbrenner's influence on Tampa through philanthropy as well his Yankee ties, is well documented

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