Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

Okay, I admit it. I am a New York Yankees fan. Being born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and living there until I was 12, I support my hometown team. But one thing that I am sick and tired of hearing is that George Steinbrenner buys championships. Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada. What do these four men have in common? They were all drafted by the Yankees and went up through their farm system. How do you expect Steinbrenner to keep these guys? He had to spend money. Lots of it. Jeter is one of the top three or four shortstops in baseball, Posada has been an All-Star numerous times, Williams is still a very good centerfi elder/designated hitter and Rivera is the greatest closer of all time. Now, I will disagree with a few of the decisions that Steinbrenner has made this year, including signing Kenny Lofton to a $6 million dollar contract and giving Felix Heredia a $2 million dollar contract. Those guys did nothing this year. But everyone makes mistakes. Billy Wagner didnʼt turn out really well this year, did he Phillies fans?

The Yankees had a payroll of $178 million dollars this past season. That number will most likely go over $200 million this coming season. Do you know how many baseball teams had a higher payroll than that this year? ZERO. But do you know howmany owners have more money than Steinbrenner? ELEVEN. If a team has the money, why isnʼt it being spent? Because they donʼt care to. Steinbrenner cares to. Up until last year, the Disney company owned the Anaheim Angels. Yes, that same Disney company that you are thinking of-Disney World, Epcot Center, Disney Land, Magic Kingdom, the list goes on and on. All owned by one corporation, the same one that owns this major league team. You think Steinbrenner owns more money than them? What about the man who founded Nintendo? He owns the Seattle Mariners. Do you think Steinbrenner has more money than him? NO. Steinbrennerʼs team also pulls in more revenue than any other professional sports team.

The Yankess have their own television station where they broadcast
every one of their games. I know what you guys are thinking. “The Phillies have Comcast, which shows all of their games.” And youʼre right. But they show other things as well. The Yankees channel is called YES. Which stands for Yankees Entertainment and Sports. YES constantly shows information regarding the Yankees. George Steinbrenner makes $20+ million dollars a year from this channel.

So, now that you know how Steinbrenner uses some of his money, letʼs look at Derek Jeterʼs contract this past year. It paid him a little more that $17 million dollars. Therefore, with the $20+ million that he made from YES, $17 of it went to pay for Jeterʼs salary. Then he had money left over to go and get another player. Steinbrenner is an owner who any team would die to have.

He does what is best for his team, no matter what the cost. The sacrifi ces that he has made have paid off. Since he bought the team in 1973, the Yankees have won six World Series. Most teams have not even been to the World Series six times. For his dedication and love of his team, I believe that George Steinbrenner is the best owner in professional sports.

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