At the time, his return was a "welcome home" that most Yankee fans weren’t too crazy about.
For years, owner George Steinbrenner had traded away young talent, fired undeserving employees and meddled in day-to-day operations that he wasn’t qualified to oversee.
So when “The Boss” doled out $40K to a shady sleuth to dig up dirt on outfielder Dave Winfield, the Yankee fanbase was ecstatic to see the hammer fall down on the out-of-control owner.
What led to Steinbrenner’s shady dealings was the public lawsuit filed by the high-priced outfielder. In his stipulated contract, the Yankees agreed to his foundation, which they neglected to do.
So, when Commissioner Fay Vincent caught wind of the backdoor shenanigans, he promptly banned Steinbrenner from any day-to-day management. Suddenly, the Boss was permanently silenced.
Eventually in 1993, he was reinstated, but a new and improved man overtook the reins. He backed off the dictator role and allowed the “baseball people,” including general manger Gene Michael, to do their job. He allowed young talent, like Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, to grow and eventually blossom in pinstripes.
Over the next 17 years (and several championships), the Boss was looked at more as a cuddly grandfather than the previous maniacal scatterbrain.
Sanity reigned and the Yankees haven’t looked back.