At the risk of sounding like a Yankee basher, does anyone else think that the George Steinbrenner plaque recently unveiled at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, was just a little over the top? It dwarfs those of the baseball immortals that played for that proud franchise. Once again, it goes to show that it’s all about the money.
After the unveiling, during the game broadcast, Bud Selig blurted out “I don’t like to comment on these things, but do I think George should be in the Hall of Fame? Of course I do.” Bud should focus on things he knows more about like giving meaning to exhibition games. On what basis does George M. Steinbrenner belong in the Hall of Fame? The Yankees are much better off now than before his reign – but what about the rest of baseball? I don’t think so. And let’s not forget that the new Yankee dynasty didn’t start until George was banned from baseball and the real Hall-of-Famer, Gene “Stick” Michael and his baseball people were allowed to run the team.
Listen, George did a lot of great charitable work (of course, it was tax deductible), but by all accounts, he was not a great man. He could be mean and unreasonable. He was a great business man, however. He had a lot of success with the Yankees and made a great deal of money at the expense of the health of the game.
I guess shouldn’t be surprised that his plaque is ostentatious, but come on, it’s insulting to all of the other greats of the game honored in Monument Park. The Boss may be gone, but he’s still controversial.