George Steinbrenner died this morning of a heart attack, nine days after his 80th birthday. There aren’t a lot of baseball fans outside of New York that really cared much for Steinbrenner; the only things I really know about Steinbrenner are negative: interfering with the management of the Yankees, his amusing feud with Billy Martin, his weird grooming policy, his brief ban from baseball, the ugliness between him and Joe Torre and, of course, how Steinbrenner nearly single-handedly destroyed parity in Major League Baseball.
But it was all of those things, and more, that kind of made Steinbrenner the character that he was. He was fun to hate, and while you can complain about the way he handled the Yankees, he has to be given credit for being one of the most hands-on owners in the history of the game. He didn’t care about the money; he just wanted to win. Dude had passion. He was an evil asshole, but he was an evil asshole with passion.
I’m not sure why I’m writing up an obit for Steinbrenner on a pop-culture site, except for the fact that over the course of his career as owner of the Yankees, he sort of was a pop-culture figure. Hell, he was even a recurring character on “Seinfeld.” So, to celebrate the life of that passionate devil-man, here’s every single Steinbrenner scene from “Seinfeld.”
Rest in moderate peace, George. But I do hope the Braves and the Red Sox and the Philly fans in the heavenly afterlife give you a little hell.