July 13th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

From stadium to Seinfeld, there was no stopping Steinbrenner

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died Tuesday of a massive heart attack. Often tempestuous but always entertaining, "The Boss" rebuilt the Yankees into a sports empire and became a pop-culture icon in his own right. We look back at some of the best quotes - good and bad – from Steinbrenner and those who knew him.

"I walked in and saw flowers on every desk. Freshly cut flowers. I said, 'What the hell is this? Is it Flowers Day? Is it Secretary's Day?' Somebody said, 'Isn't that wonderful? Mr. Burke does this every day for us.' [Former Yankee president] Mike Burke is a guy who I admired tremendously. He was a real heartthrob type of guy. Everybody liked him. I loved him, but for what I wanted, he didn't fit with me. When I saw the flowers, that was the trigger. I got involved."
– Steinbrenner in an interview with Daily News. He did not plan to get involved in the daily operations of the Yankees when he bought it in 1973.

"Call us babies, call us whatever you want. If you don't treat me with respect, I don't want to work for you."
Yankee first baseman, Don Mattingly after the Yankees’ third loss in four games to the Mariners, when he lashed out in the locker room for the constant criticism. Mattingly did not specifically mention Steinbrenner though.

“Move over! This is how you play the organ! You go walk around the stadium and see how the sound is and then come back here.”
– Steinbrenner said, startling the organist Eddie Layton who was then shoved aside while practicing at an empty stadium.

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“We all know the history of that. It’s pretty common... He’s the boss. He can say whatever he’s inclined. He signs everybody’s checks, so he’s entitled to it."
– Alex Rodriguez, insisting he wasn’t bothered by Steinbrenner’s public criticism. Steinbrenner was reportedly upset with him for his sloppy play in 2006.

“Wait a minute young lady, what’s this about singles tables? I don’t sit at singles tables. Singles tables are for losers. The Yankees have won 33 pennants and 22 world championships. We’re winners. We don’t sit with losers. And I’ve got an idea. You’re going to go to the party with me.”
– Steinbrenner makes a cameo appearance in "The Invitations" episode of "Seinfeld," and goes out with Elaine.

"I think it's a kiss of death. ... It's George's ball club. If he wants to fire me, OK. All I'm saying is, stop the rumors. This team needs togetherness right now."
Billy Martin, before Steinbrenner ended his fifth term as Yankee manager.

"I'm a hands-on, involved owner. Let's put it that way. Always have been. You have to believe you do it my way, like Sinatra says."
– Steinbrenner on a CNN interview in 1996.

"I think [Steinbrenner] has mellowed over the last two decades... George is demanding, but I don't think he's the same man who had nasty public feuds with Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson and Dave Winfield."
– Former Yankee manager Joe Torre wrote in his book, Ground Rules for Winners.

"It's unfortunate that the remark about his weight came out. I knew that everybody would take that and make that the big thing ..."
– Steinbrenner after calling Yankee pitcher Hideki Irabu a "fat toad." The Yankee pitcher had failed to cover first base on a ground ball in a 1999 game in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“We had our outs, but we really are good friends. He’s a nice man. He’s changed a lot, but he still likes to win.”
Yogi Berra reflected on Steinbrenner, at the opening of the new Yankees Stadium in 2009.

"It was a tough period, because you wonder whether you're all right. ...[But] I don't think it scared anybody in New York. Why were they scared? If I had gone, so I'd be gone. They wouldn't have cared much, I don't think."
Steinbrenner told Sports Illustrated magazine three months after he collasped at quarterback Otto Graham's funeral.

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  1. Thaddeus Jude

    Apparently, there was stopping him...

    July 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry

    I shared the stage at Radio City Music Hall with George Steinbrenner, Brooke Shields and others while performing with the West Point Glee Club for Bob Hopes birthday special back in the early 80s. He was back stage talking to all of the guys prior to the show and I expected him to be the hard nosed brusque guy the press had built him up to be back in the tumultuous period of the time. Rather than a brusque larger than life figure he instead impressed me as a genuine gentleman who very much loved his country and the game of baseball and who left quite an impression on a bunch of young cadets starting their lives about how not to let the public perception of you change the person you are in private. I wasn't from NY but I learned to appreciate the Yankees through the words of that man. He was a great man and will truly be missed. (By the way, sitting on the front row that evening was OJ Simpson and his girlfriend at the time Nicole... if only we had known......)

    July 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mother

    Why is no news channel talking about the IRANIAN offer to help stop the oil leak?

    Just because they are under sanctions for whatever reasons sponsored by the US goverment does not mean they are barred to even help on matters that are now beyond the capacity of US government or BP.

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    or simply search Google/Yahoo/bing for more on this help offer from Iran.

    share this information with as many people as you can

    July 14, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sam kohen

      Mother and Father really ipress me with their awesome brilliance. I would never have guessed that there was a clear connection between George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees and Iran and Israel. But these two geniuses have explained everything perfectly.

      July 14, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. father

    really don't see no reason why US should not take help from IRAN.
    Both BP and US government are buying time in hope that the well would eventually run dry. The whole crap about drilling of relief well is a big lie. By the time it is dug, twice the amount of oil would have leaked into the gulf as compared to today.

    US does not have any know-how to stop this spill, so why not let those deal with this mess who really have the capacity and expertise to handle such catastrophe.

    Mr. President, if u're listening, pls wake up and ring up the Iranian President. Let their offer to help not go in vain.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mother

    IRAN most certainly has the skills required for this kind of operation. Truly, we are too obsessed with Israel, blinded and drugged, so as not to distinguish between friends and foes.

    Let the Heavens above and Earth below shower their blessings on us so that we may rid ourselves of Zionist thoughts and feelings.

    Go ahead Mr. Obama and take help from Mr. Ahmedinejad before the oil reaches the shores of Manhattan

    July 14, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Father

    US is so obsessed with Israel that it can see nothing beyond. Not even nations who want an opportunity to be friends of America.
    That be the case, Iran does not get any audience with the US government, media and planners.
    Otherwise, no wise government or nation would refuse Iranian help in containing this oil spill disaster.

    Iranians are willing to help. Are Americans willing to be friends?

    July 14, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mother

    IRAN offering help to stop the oil leak. These guys have the real skills and expertise for this job.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    or simply search Google / Yahoo / Bing for more on this help offer from Iran.

    share this information with as many people as you may.

    Wake up Mr. President.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Father

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour. The relief well and dispersents and etc etc are all lies. Neither US government nor BP knows wat to do about the leak. Eventually Mr. Prseident may decide to nuke the well. But that's even worse than the leak. The Gulf coast and its ecology would change for the next 10000 yrs if nuked. If the oil spill reached the northern parts of the Atlantic, it could disrupt the flow of ocean currents thereby adding to the global warming effects viz. El Nino, hurricanes etc.
    If the well is nuked, it will destry all ocean life in the gulf of mexico. So, the only logical way out is to take foreign help from nations that have the necessary skill, be it the enemy, for the greater good of humanity.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    July 14, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mother

    Despite the danger growing every minute and the environment being damaged with every barrel of leaking crude, we Americans are still arguing whether the IRANIANs are experts or not.

    Lets stop being skeptical about others abilities just because we have failed. failed our nation, our environment and our marine life.

    The world knows that the Iranians are experts in drilling and oil leak prevention and containment. Even the oil producing nations would bet for their skills in this crisis. It is us who are full of doubts. and the only reason for this is Israel. We see everyone who is Israel's adversary as our enemy. Anyone who talks anti-Zionist becomes our hate symbol. Lets get out of this Zionist mindset and this Iranophobia. It is our nation and its environment at stake today.

    We need to rise above our political difference, they can be settled sometime else.

    Lets call for the IRANIANs now before its too late to do anything better

    July 14, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • sam kohen

      Dear Mother,

      Your wisdom and intelligence are astounding. I now realize the close relationship between the New York Yankees and the situation in Iran and Israel. Perhaps George Steinbreener could have helped solve this problem as well. What a true loss. Mother, your brilliance is truly amazing.

      July 14, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Father

    Wake Up children. Let the message spread across far and wide. We are not alone in this struggle. Even are adversaries are willing to offer help. Don't let this opportunty for peace go unnoticed. Let's give Friendship a chance. Let us accept help from IRAN to stop this oil leak.

    Look up http://www.presstv.ir

    July 14, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mother

    We need to rise above our political difference, they can be settled sometime else. Wat greater catastrophe are you kids waiting to happen? Do you wish to smell the tar balls off the Manhattan coast? Has the US not done enough damage to the global environment prolonging the gulf oil leak by allowing BP to contain it, something they can't even think of doing in their dreams?

    Lets call for the IRANIANs now before its too late to do anything better. Patience is not an option anymore. All those who thought such a thing could not happen in the US have been proven wrong.

    What US needs today is friends. Friend who can help. Ask yourself one question. IRAN, so-called US enemy, has atleast help to offer in this moment of crisis. Wat does Israel have to offer? I'll tell you wat. Israeli PM has to offer a visit in this moment of crisis to ask for more US help, arms, money, fighter jets etc. This is wat US' friends have to offer. If US has friend like Israel, it surely doesn't require enemies.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |