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What better way to chronicle this truly unique baseball life, than through the words of the men who worked with Steinbrenner, through the first-hand statements of those who feuded with him, and even through the many, unforgettable, often impassioned, and sometimes brash quotes of Steinbrenner himself over his many years as the head honcho of this New York baseball institution? This book captures the life of this legendary team owner without the bias of a biographer or sports reporter. The opinions in this volume come directly from those involved in the championships, the public fights, and the monumental deals.
Ever want to know what past-enemies Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, and Dave Winfield thought of their feuds with Steinbrenner? Want to know what Don Mattingly had to say following Steinbrenner's passing? Topics discussed range from Big Stein's suspension and subsequent "lifetime ban" from baseball; to his famous Seinfeld "appearances," to Steinbrenner candidly commenting on his own flaws; to the appreciation of those he's helped over the years; to Steinbrenner's views on business, life philosophy, and charity; to criticisms of those he's scorned, to the numerous comments on his legacy from managers (Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Joe Girardi), politicians (Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani), and current and former players (Derek Jeter, Wade Boggs, Darryl Strawberry, & many more). For an unbiased take on his life, Steinbrenner's stats as an owner are also crunched to give a factual perspective of his reign.
Steinbrenner's quotes cover such wide and interesting topics as Watergate, Pete Rose, Locker-Room Double Standards, Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez, Yankee Tradition, Buying Championships, The Pine Tar Incident, General George S. Patton, His Alleged Fist-Fight with 2 Dodger Fans, and On How He'd Like to Be Remembered.
Posted August 2, 2010
What I really like about this book is that it defines Steinbrenner through his own quotes over the years. As a long time Yankees fan, there were many that I had forgotten and was happy to see again and there were some that I hadn't even heard of. The quotes from the people who knew him after his passing were very touching, and a lot of them showed that he had indeed reconciled with many of his past enemies, including Dave Winfield, Yogi Berra, and Don Mattingly. There a few quotes from Darryl Strawberry that let me know how much Steinbrenner actually helped out some of his players--I had no idea he had helped out Strawberry that much.
Now the book isn't all roses though. It does cover some Steinbrenner's more brash quotes too, including the infamous "Mr. May" remarks he had against Dave Winfield. It also discusses his first suspension from baseball and the second which was supposed to be a lifetime ban. There are also quotes from people when they were fighting with Steinbrenner that are not complementary, but they do tell the whole story and not just the good stuff.
A few nice surprises were the coverage of Steinbrenner on Seinfeld and the Simpsons episode that foretold the war between Steinbrenner and Mattingly's hair. The Seinfeld stuff was interesting because it included quotes on what Steinbrenner thought of the Steinbrenner character on the show. The Simpsons thing was interesting because the script was written before the actual real life battle took place over Mattingly's haircut.
All in all, it presents what Steinbrenner thought on a lot of topics, and it tells you what people thought of him. It allows you to make up your own mind about the man. I liked that. There are already books out there that'll tell you how bad Steinbrenner was, and I'm sure there are a lot coming out soon that'll tell you how wonderful he was. It was nice to get a book that lets you make up your own mind by giving you first hand accounts of his life.