The Man Sox Fans Loved to Hate Is Gone
Steinbrenner Dead at 80
"George Steinbrenner forever changed baseball and hopefully some day we will see him honored in baseball's Hall of Fame as one of the great figures in the history of sports." -- Red Sox owner John Henry
We'll Miss the Good Old Days ...
Boss Called Henry 'Stupid' and Lucchino 'Sick'
Dec. 29, 2002: New York Daily News:
NYDN to George Steinbrenner: John Henry, your former partner and owner of the Red Sox, was quoted as saying after you signed Contreras that he "was and is a big risk." What's your response?
GS: That's just ridiculous. It makes him look stupid because they did everything they could to get him, including offering more money than we did. They offered $10 million to get him away from us. I give credit to Mr. Contreras. He wanted to play for the Yankees.
John Henry put down $1 million to buy into the Yankees. He gets back $4.7 million. I hope he does as well for his partners.
Daily News: Larry Lucchino, president of the Red Sox, called the Yankees "the evil empire" after the signing.
GS: That's B.S. That's how a sick person thinks. I've learned this about Lucchino: he's baseball's foremost chameleon of all time. He changes colors depending on where's he's standing. He's been at Baltimore and he deserted them there, and then went out to San Diego, and look at what trouble they're in out there. When he was in San Diego, he was a big man for the small markets. Now he's in Boston and he's for the big markets. He's not the kind of guy you want to have in your foxhole. He's running the team behind John Henry's back. I warned John it would happen, told him, 'Just be careful.' He talks out of both sides of his mouth. He has trouble talking out of the front of it."
Boss to Henry: Sour Grapes Over A-Rod
Feb. 18, 2004: Steinbrenner responds to Henry after A-Rod acquisition: "We understand John Henry must be embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed by his failure in this transaction. Unlike the Yankees, he chose not to go the extra distance for his fans in Boston. It is understandable but wrong that he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes onto others and to a system for which he voted in favor. It is time to get on with life and forget the sour grapes."