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WikiLeaks: American diplomat calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran”

Mar 4, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

mahmoud-ahmadinejad Reuters

WikiLeaks released State Department documents in which an American diplomat calls Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran” regarding what the Associated Press refers to as “the meddling with his country’s national soccer team.”

Naturally the AP went to Steinbrenner’s son and Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner for comment and he called it “a ridiculous comparison” and “obviously very inappropriate.”

Ahmadinejad, who’s a former soccer player, reportedly “used his position to influence the firing of two coaches in a matter of weeks” and has “repeated violations of soccer’s governing body’s rules against political interference.”

As the AP notes, Steinbrenner fired 21 managers in 37 years as Yankees owner and was suspended for two years in the 1980s for allegedly paying a gambler to obtain information about Dave Winfield. In fairness to The Boss, any comparison to Ahmadinejad should probably end right there.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I was hoping HBT would grab this story. Certainly give ‘evil empire’ a new meaning.

  2. Panda Claus - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    This reminds me of the scene in History of the World movie when Mel Brooks is compared to the p*ss boy. His response, “Well you look like a bucket of sh*t”.

    While Boss George may have slightly resembled a p*ss boy at times during his life, Ahmadinejad certainly bears a much closer resemblance to the bucket o’ sh*t.

    What an insulting comparison for Steinbrenner.

    • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Wait for the shake!

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      The bishop jumps the queen…the knight jumps the queen…everybody jumps the queen.

      • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        And of course we know the next line… “G—b–g!!!!”

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Ah, only at HBT could a post about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad morph into a History of the World quote fest.

      • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        “Columns, columns! Get your columns here! Ionic, Doric, Corinthian! Put a few columns in front, turn any hovel into a showplace! Columns…! Sir, don’t touch the merchandise! All right now, columns, columns!”
        (ancient baseball vendor)

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        Street corner philosopher.

        Oh, a bullsh!t artist.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        I’m looking for a pack of Trojans!!

        Just sold the last one.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    I always saw Steinbrenner as more of a Gargamel type

    • cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      Really? Gargamel, eh? Interesting. I like it. I always saw The Kingpin of Crime.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      No way, man. Dr. Claw all the way.

      • cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        Maybe we can do something with all of this? So we got Dr. Claw Gargamel, Kingpin of Crime. Works for me.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        Dude…..love the Dr. Claw reference……and we could go 1000 different directions with this……like the Hydra, cut off one head (Paul O’Neill) two more grow back (A’Rod and Texeria)……..or the dude Christopher LLoyd played in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  4. Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Hmm…I can see it…Members Only jackets…and I never saw them in the same place at the same time…

    • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Hey! I had a Members Only jacket that stood the test of time! Until 2001 when my brother and now ex-wife (not because of the jacket) kidnapped it and threw it out. That was a nice warm jacket. Fashion be damned! If it fits and its warm, wear it!

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Please tell me you didn’t have a fine collection of Hypercolor shirts to go with the jacket

      • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        No, just the jacket. Hey, it was a COMFORTABLE jacket! Cozy and warm.
        I ditched the hypercolor stuff in the early ’90s. Probably a handful of years too late, but heck, I had no money then.

  5. Cran Boy - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Steinbrenner pleaded guilty in 1974 to making illegal contributions to Nixon’s campaign. I’m A Dinner Jacket is widely viewed as having tampered with, if not stolen outright, the 2009 election in Iran. But I agree, we’re talking a kinda irritating guy vs. one of the most malevolent forces on earth here.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      I would seriously go further than calling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a “kinda irritating guy.” :P

      • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        OK, I’ll bite. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a chipwich.

  6. Utley's Hair - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    But there are two major points here that need to be addressed:

    1.) The AP went to HANK for a comment—you have to give them credit there.

    2.) Aaron says: “In fairness to The Boss, any comparison to Ahmadinejad should probably end right there.” Yeah, right. Like THAT was going to happen.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      In fairness to the boss…..I don’t believe he gave a good goddamn about fairness

  7. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Mar 4, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Hal Steinbrenner does look kind of like Wood Man from Megaman 2. (If I knew html I would post the picture in my post)

    Yes even immigrants from Africa know how great Megaman 2 is!!

    • cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Megaman 2 was the sack.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    OMG where are my Universe compadres in this discussion (except BC who’s a closet Yanks fan by default)? George Steinbrenner’s only fault was having to do in public that which other business and political leaders could do anominously behind closed doors.

    It has led to an interesting discourse. I bet Admanjadjha (or whatever) is a pie-eater!

  9. bigtrav425 - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    i would agree with that statement for sure.Stienbrenner pretty much single handily destroyed baseball with throwing endless money out there and buying World Series Championships

    • florida76 - Mar 4, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      Agreed, it’s a historic fact baseball’s popularity has declined with the increasing gap in revenues over the years, and the Yankees have led the way. While Iran’s leadership has cared less about the life of it’s population, Steinbrenner could have cared less about MLB as a whole. There was a point in the late 70s when owners like Steinbrenner could have negotiated for a salary cap, which would have assured the long term popularity of MLB. Instead, we saw two strikes, and the erosion of the game.

      By contrast, Steinbrenner’s New York Giant counterpart, was smart enough to put his team’s short term interests behind the greater good of the NFL. This happened in the mid 1960s, and it was decided hoarding local TV revenue wasn’t a smart concept. While the NFL has had a couple of work stoppages, the system of fairness has remained intact, and will continue to do so, even during these current negotiations.

  10. leboyfriend - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    It’s funny, ‘cos I had always thought of Ahmedinajad as the Steinbrenner of Iran….

  11. leboyfriend - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    It’s funny, ‘cos I had always thought of Steinbrenner as the as the Ahmedinajad of New York….

  12. macjacmccoy - Mar 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    its a good comparison the guy didnt say he has the same political reviews he was comparing him to Steins obessive meddling and his willingness to break the leagues rules to get an advantage and to get what he wants.

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