George Steinbrenner the legendary owner of the New York Yankees died today. He was old. That's what old people do. George was often cast as a villain because you know...he was a crazy mean old man...that ran the Yankees...and everybody hates the fucking Yankees. Whatever your thoughts on George/The Yankees, Steinbrenner was really good at what he did. After acquiring the team he returned the most succesful franchise in US history to dominance from a period of mediocrity. He did this by doing things his way and not giving a shit what anybody thought of it.
George would fire you at the drop of the hat if you weren't doing your job to his satisfaction, whether you were a GM, the team's manager or the team's highest paid superstar. A lot of times his decisions seemed illogical to most, but hey "The Boss" doesn't care what you think. If "The Boss" thinks this is what it takes to bring a title to The Big Apple he's gonna do it. Steinbrenner was often criticized for throwing money at high-priced free agents, because this appeared "unfair" to other teams (especially in small markets) who couldn't afford to lure players with as much green as George.
Whatever. There are a lot of franchises with huge payrolls and rich owners that throw money at every big-name free agent they can that don't amount to shit (Ask a Washington Redskins fan). Shit is not that simple. You've got to make moves that fit a winning team model. You've got to build a winning business model in essence. Otherwise any rich asshole could purchase their favorite sports team and turn it into a dynasty...and there are a lot of rich assholes out there.
So on this, the day of his passing, I salute George as a fellow angry old man. Although wtf was he thinking trading Jay Buhner...? http://http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUwSxqnRW-8