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Dark Cloud Over the Bronx Zoo

yankees_stadium_ballpark_1369719_lA black cloud hovers over the great city of New York. George “The Boss” Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, died today of a massive heart attack in Tampa, Fla. "George was 'The Boss,' make no mistake," Hall of Famer Yogi Berra said. "He built the Yankees into champions, and that's something nobody can ever deny. George and I had our differences, but who didn't? We became great friends over the last decade and I will miss him very much."

In nearly four decades, Steinbrenner has led the Yankees to seven World Series championships, eleven American League pennants and sixteen AL East titles. Steinbrenner bought the Yankees from CBS Inc. on January 3, 1973. He has transformed a team that cost him $10 million to a $1.6 billion franchise. He did anything he could to make sure his team came out on top, even if that meant paying for the best athletes, yelling at maintenance, or firing managers for not winning. “I don’t like losing! Winning is important to me, its second to breathing. Breathings first, winnings second” says Steinbrenner.

More can be said about the man with the million dollar comb over. One thing is for sure, he will forever be known as THE most influential owner in sports. He drew the blueprint on how to run a team on and off the field. The “Bronx Zoo” will never be the same without him.

By: Jahaira D.
Last modified onWednesday, 14 July 2010 01:08

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