First off let me say I have never been a fan of the Yankees and I never will be. But this week MLB, and even more to Yankees have lost two men that are synonymous with baseball.
So this is my final thoughts on these two giant baseball legends. They may have never thrown a pitch or every wrapped a single up the middle but they changed the game for the better.
Bob Sheppard (10/20/1910 - 7/11/2010)
Legendary and iconic PA announcer Bob Sheppard who was IMHO the best PA announcer I have ever heard. His voice echoed the halls of historic Yankee Stadium for 56 years.
Sheppard's first game was April 17, 1951. Mickey Mantle's first Opening Day and Joe DiMaggio's final, what a way for such a storied career to start. But before that he was a U.S. Naval Officer in World War II. He was a baseball icon in every sense of the word and will be missed not only by Yankees fans but by baseball fans everywhere.
George Steinbrenner (7/4/1930 – 7/13/2010)
Say what you will about him he was the best owner in all of baseball. He made the Yankees into the juggernaut they are today. Sure his flashing of the $$$ got on the nerves of us fans whose players we couldn't even resign yet alone offer $100mm contracts to free agents. But he understood that sometimes you have to spend money to make money.
Take a look at any country in the world and odds are you'll find at least someone in a Yankees hat, even if they've never seen a Yankees game in there lives. Sure George spent a ton but he also made a ton. Mr.Steinbrenner changed baseball forever, owners like David Glass and Drayton McLane would be best to pay heed and follow.
Here's to you Bob and George, you will be missed.