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George Steinbrenner monument to be dedicated tonight

Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.” So it goes.

The real news of this event, however, is that Joe Torre and Don Mattingly will hop a flight to be there for the ceremony. It will be their first time in Yankee Stadium since they left the team following the 2007 season. There is no truth to the rumor that the Yankees would prefer they no be there but are obligated to have them thanks to a contract signed three years ago.

Personally, it’s a time for solemn reflection. Why? Because the Dodgers’ come-from-behind win yesterday prevents me from making a joke about the multiple cross-country flights for Torre and Mattingly making no difference to a team that already looks sleepy and exhausted.

  1. RichardInBigD - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    The Yankees wanted to get this done before the post-season is over, for fear of what the Ghost of the Boss would do if they tried to dedicate this thing after the Rangers swoop in and make short work of the Bombers (the Rangers CAN’T go 1-12 post season against one team, can they?)

  2. ttwsglen - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    The most important thing I learned in the Bronx was that when George Steinbrenner dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in Monument Park.

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