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Yankees fail to show at Steinbrenner's burial site

Jul 31, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

The Yankees had a very limited presence at former public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s funeral in mid-July and they are getting flak again for failing to make an appearance at George Steinbrenner’s resting place.

The Yanks are down in the Tampa region for a weekend series with the Rays and Steinbrenner was laid to rest about 43 miles from Tropicana Field.  Saturday would have been an ideal day for a few of the better known Yankees to cruise on over, but they opted not to.  In fact, only 10 people stopped by The Boss’ grave on Saturday afternoon, according to the New York Times’ Tom Spousta

To us, this all seems a bit overblown.  The Yanks have honored Steinbrenner plenty over the last two weeks, they are all wearing memorial patches on their uniforms, and it’s not like he was a family member. 

It may sound corny, but the best way for the Yankees to honor Steinbrenner is to win.  And win.  And win.  Taking a two-hour trip to his grave site in Florida might have been a nice gesture, but in no way is Derek Jeter or Jorge Posada or Mariano Rivera in the wrong for not doing so.  At least, that’s our take.

  1. Adenzeno - Jul 31, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    I doubt most really care much. They are getting paid and that is all most will care about.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 31, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Wait — so the Times had a reporter camped out at Big Stein’s grave, waiting for Yankees players and counting them?

  3. Buccofan - Jul 31, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Nah, probably some stringer. Then a big-time reporter with NYT credentials will fly into Tampa, stay for dinner, fly back, and put his/her/its name as the byline. At least, that’s how a lot of Times stories have been done.

  4. Knight-of-God - Aug 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    This is a non story. Should the yanks of (in mass) been at his grave wringing hands and crying? His kids should have (maybe) but not Jeter and company.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Hard to fathom who the critics think will be disappointed that the team, currently in the midst of a reheating divisional race against the very team they’re in the Tampa area to play, failed to show up for these funerals. The dearly departed? I don’t think so, somehow, unless Tom Spousta was having a nice game of ouija scrabble with The Boss the other night and transcribed his disaffection firsthand. The family? Well, seeing as they own the team in the first place, I think it’s reasonable to assume that if they thought it was important that the guys take off from batting and fielding practice and reviewing videos of the Rays’ pitching staff, they would have organized a little bus trip over to the cemetary. Apparently, though, the Steinbrenners don’t have their heads planted nearly as far up their asses as Spousta does.

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