George Steinbrenner’s 20 Most Memorable Quotes

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George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees since 1973, passed away this morning from a massive heart attack. While many considered him to be a crazy son of a bitch, no one could deny that he completely changed way baseball was played. So in honor of the soon-to-be MLB legend we’re sharing our favorite inspirational Steinbrenner quotes.

“Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I will never have a heart attack. I give them.”

- George Steinbrenner

“We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned.”

- George Steinbrenner

“Don’t talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what’s good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I was often misquoted. I was supportive of my managers, even though they all may not think so.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I am tough. Sometimes I’m unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I don’t think that anybody should be suspended for life for anything, other than murder. How is it helping someone to say, ‘You’re done forever, your life’s over’?”

- George Steinbrenner

“I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think owners should be.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful – but I know that I have tried.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I’m really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch.'”

- George Steinbrenner

“It’s an incredible achievement, particularly when I remember that when I bought the Yankees, we had trouble drawing 1 million to the stadium. We have the greatest fans in the world.”

- George Steinbrenner

“In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.”

- George Steinbrenner

“Is it in the best interest of baseball to sell beer in the ninth inning? Probably not. The rule has got to be more clearly defined. And then some process should be set up where the judge is not also the appeals judge.”

- George Steinbrenner

“Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa.”

- George Steinbrenner

“Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him.”

- George Steinbrenner

“People keep coming up to me and asking, ‘How does it feel to be banned for life?’ Banned for life. I wasn’t banned for life. There was never a word of suspension, probation or ban in that agreement. It was never meant to be part of it.”

- George Steinbrenner

“My best and worst boss was the same man – my father. He never – and I mean never – took ‘I can’t’ for an answer. He taught me the value system that, to this day, I have continued to practice.”

- George Steinbrenner

“If I was in Utopia? I don’t know. I might for a while, until one of my sons was ready. It’s time, though, for the young man to come on. The old man’s tired.”

- George Steinbrenner

“I don’t know much about Jose Canseco. I’ve heard the accusations that he used steroids, but I can’t comment on that. He’s awesome, though.”

- George Steinbrenner

“In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.”

- George Steinbrenner

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