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Bill Lee really, really didn't like George Steinbrenner

Jul 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

I said that I wasn’t a fan of whitewashing the recently departed, but Bill Lee goes a few steps beyond what even I’m comfortable with:

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George
Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner’s death Tuesday. “As far as
Steinbrenner’s passing? Good,” Lee said in an interview with New
Hampshire TV station WMUR. Added Lee: “Trust me, if hell freezes over,
he’ll be skating.”

Lee, who spent 10 of his 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox
and took part in a number of heated battles vs. Steinbrenner’s Yankees
in the mid-1970s, claimed that Steinbrenner tried to have him banned
from baseball. “He said I was an incompetent and I was bad for the game
of baseball,” Lee recalled. “Well, I’m not a convicted felon like
George Steinbrenner, and he’ll take that to his grave.”

I would have figured that Lee would have had a slightly more zen take about it all, but I guess not.

  1. Pisano - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    They didn’t call him spaceman for no reason . I say he did way to much LSD . I’m sure that’s why George tried to get him out of the game .(if he really did) For disrespecting the dead like he did , he has to get scumbag of the year award .

  2. Pisano - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Gator , you have more insight than most on this blog . Bill Lee is a total jackass , always was , and always will be .

  3. Old Gator - Jul 17, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Well now I’m surely no admirer of Tricky Dick, but the “stolen” election had a few decades more to wait. George McGovern and the Democrats ran about as clumsy and off-message an election campaign as any opponent could have wanted. Throw in the Eagleton meltdown and I think Howard the Duck could have beaten McGovern. In fact, the train of bungled Democratic campaigns that included Dukakis, Gore and Kerry began rolling downhill with McGovern. However disastrous the Nixon presidency was, that election wasn’t stolen. It was a gift to Nixon from the Dems. Steinbrenner’s part in it pales to infinitesimality by comparison with all the ammunition the McGovern campaign fired into their own feet.

  4. Outlaw Pete - Jul 17, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    The Boss won 7 World Championships
    Bill Lee, well, didn’t.
    George Steinbrenner will go into the Hall of Fame.
    Bill Lee will have to pay for a ticket to get into the Hall of Fame…
    And Bill Lee should admit at some point that the Boss was at least half right.
    He was incompetent. And he proved it again today. And maybe he proved the other half today too.

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