With the news of George Steinbrenner's last trip to the ballpark this week, I'm inspired to pay tribute to another guy known as The Boss. Whatever you thought of George, and I suppose it would be hard for a baseball fan to not have an opinion, he leaves behind an impressive legacy, not the least of which was returning the Yankees to their glory days.
After purchasing the franchise for the tidy sum of $10 million in 1973, 37 years and seven World Series rings later, he leaves behind a $1.6 billion business, and a lot of stories that are getting retold by a lot of people this week.
So, my theme this week is baseball. Bruce Springsteen is certainly a baseball fan. In fact, I believe he's very much a Yankees fan and here's a clip of Bruce at The House That Ruth Built. You'll have to suffer through the first minute and a bit, then you'll see Bruce, and then Lance Armstrong who comes over to say hi.
When Bruce made the video for 'Glory Days', given the baseball reference in the opening line, it seemed natural for the baseball theme to be featured in the video.
I guess Nils Lofgren and his wife Amy are also Yankees fans. Here's a tribute they both wrote to the old stadium.
Finally, no tribute to George Steinbrenner would be complete without letting Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have their say. Larry David appeared numerous times on Seinfeld as an over the top send up of George Steinbrenner while Geoge Costanza was working for the Yankees. Someone was good enough to piece those appearances together in two clips. Seeing those appearances consecutively hits my funny bone just right and leaves me with a smile thinking about George.
The poster disabled the embedding of the clips, so you'll have to link to these:
Happy Friday and thanks for the memories George!