The Yankees lost a great man on Tuesday morning by the name of George M. Steinbrenner III. He was a prominent man in baseball that was feared by many and respected by everyone. The world is mourning such a great loss of one of the most prominent men in the baseball world.
There may have been times when we all criticized his moves and his motivations, but when it came down to it, he loved the Yankees. That is what made him a great man.
"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80.
"He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family—his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm; his children, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica, and Hal; and all of his grandchildren.
"He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."
Speechless at this loss.
Chamberlain tweeted, "We all suffered a huge loss today! Mr. Steinbrenner was a great man, great owner, that did so many amazing things. You will truly be missed!"
Truly a sad day for Yankees fans and players around the globe. Many were hoping that this was all fake until an official statement was released by the Yankees. Joba was the Yankee that confirmed that this was all true.
Schafter tweeted, "RIP, George Steinbrenner. Bob Sheppard already is there to announce your arrival."
Excellent tweet by a great ESPN NFL investigative reporter. This comes to show that Steinbrenner was loved even outside the baseball world. He was one of the finest men to work with in business due to his smarts, but getting close to him would be intimidating.
Twitter: "Now that George Steinbrenner has died and gone to Heaven, he's going to make Jesus cut his hair."
Steinbrenner was strict on his players, but for a reason. He was the man in charge of everything from running baseball operations to the seating arrangement on the floats during the World Series parade. Everything had to be perfect for Steinbrenner and look that way too.
Jesus has to be ready for his haircut and touch-up if he called on Steinbrenner to make sure he gets it.
Here are some of the best fan tweets on Twitter by Yankee fans:
@jaydestro - "George just fired Billy for old times sake. Now they are enjoying a miller light."
@zellyanks - "Mission #28 will be won in honor of Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner.... #Yankees"
@STEIN_LINE_HQ - "@Buster_ESPN just said it on SportsCenter: Steinbrenner character on Seinfeld/beer spots w/Billy Martin made The Boss unlike any other. RIP"
Jones tweeted, "I appreciate and understand your tweets. Highly likely: Times have changed. We will never see another like George M. Steinbrenner III."
She is completely right on—there will never be another George Steinbrenner in history. Who else is going to win that many World Series and pennants with one team? That's right. Nobody comes to mind.
Sherman tweeted, "Steinbrenner was extremes: infuriate and elate u in same chat. saw him cruel and saw him beautiful. changed sports, not just baseball"
Coming from the Yankees' beat writer, it takes a great skill with words to attain his position. He couldn't have said it better.
Lorenz tweeted, "George Steinbrenner will be missed. He was larger than life and built champions, and Yankees fans loved him for it."
Lorenz hits hard at the fact that Yankee fans loved him for what he did. It was great for fans to rally together and dedicate the 2009 World Series Championship to the Big Boss. There was no way that George was going to heaven without a championship.