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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reactions to Steinbrenner's Passing

There's been an outpouring of obituaries and statements from public figures this morning following the death of legendary Bronx Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away from a heart attack today at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 80 years old.

"This is a sad day not only for Yankee fans, but for our entire City, as few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. 

"He committed himself and all of the Yankees' resources to one thing and one thing only: winning. And he won quite often," Governor David Paterson said in a press release. "Opposing players and fans may have bristled at his outspoken leadership over the years, but it was only because they wished they had a Steinbrenner of their own."

A number of Bronx politicians, including Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., released their own statements (we included Diaz' words in our news roundup earlier today). Click the jump for more.

Congressman Jose E. Serrano, whose district includes Yankees Stadium, said he was in mourning as a"die-hard Yankees fan" and praised Steinbrenner for his decision to keep the team in the Boogie Down.

"Many communities around the region would have given anything to lure the Yankees away, but Steinbrenner realized that the Bronx Bombers were more than just a team—they were the embodiment of a New York spirit," Serrano wrote. "This team has been a part of our neighborhood and our hearts since they arrived in 1923."

"For my generation of NY Yankees fans, it is the end of a special era in baseball," Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin said in his own statement.

You can read the New York Times' obituary for Steinbrenner here.

The Times also has this photo slideshow of images from over the years, and a City Room blog post about Steinbrenner's role as a character on "Seinfeld"  (not the actual Steinbrenner, but a mimicked persona of him voiced by creator Larry David, which appeared on the show over the years as George Constanza's boss. Click the link for a video clip of Steinbrenner's actual cameo).

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