His 7-by-5-foot, 760-pound monument of bronze atop a granite base was unveiled during a ceremony attended by many of the stars he had feuded with and fawned over during his 37-1/2-year tenure.
NEW YORK — George Steinbrenner is now truly the biggest of the Yankees greats — as measured in Monument Park.
The colorful and combative owner was honored with the largest tribute in the team’s storied area of remembrance behind the center-field fence. His 7-by-5-foot, 760-pound monument of bronze atop a granite base was unveiled during a solemn ceremony Monday night attended by many of the stars he had feuded with and fawned over during his 37 ½-year tenure.
Former manager Joe Torre came to Steinbrenner’s $1.6 billion new Yankee Stadium for the first time, as did former captain Don Mattingly, and Torre reconciled with general manager Brian Cashman. Steinbrenner’s daughters had tears in their eyes and his widow Joan unveiled the monument after being accompanied from home plate in a golf cart by baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
“Do I think George should be in the Hall of Fame? Of course I do,” Selig said. “He changed the sport in a lot of ways.”
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Steinbrenner died July 13 at age 80 after several years of declining health. The tribute came before the first-place Yankees opened a key series against second-place Tampa Bay, the team of his adopted hometown.
New York’s tribute to Steinbrenner, titled “The Boss,” is behind a quintet of 2-by-3-foot monuments honoring manager Miller Huggins (unveiled in 1932), Lou Gehrig (1941), Babe Ruth (1949), Mickey Mantle (1996) and Joe DiMaggio (1999). The other monument, to the victims and rescue workers of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is on the left-field side of the area.
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin remained hospitalized in Miami on Monday, a day after his season ended when part of a shattered bat wound up puncturing his chest.
“You never want to have a season end early, and I’m disappointed that I’m not going to be able to make it through the finish line with the rest of my teammates,” Colvin said in a statement released by the team. “That being said, I couldn’t be more thankful for the Cubs organization, my teammates and the opportunity to play for Cubs fans my rookie season.”
Selig said he spoke with Colvin.
“Hopefully he’s going home tomorrow,” Selig said. “It scared me.”
• Atlanta left fielder Matt Diaz helped tackle a costumed fan who ran onto the field and briefly eluded security guards during the Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, where a teenager was subdued with a stun gun this season.
“I saw this idiot coming right at me,” Diaz said. “I figured he’d be better off getting tripped than Tased.”
• Selig ruled out increased use of instant replay by umpires to review close calls during the postseason this year.
Selig said he discussed the matter with the special committee of managers, management and ownership he appointed in December.
“I brought the subject up, as I always do with everybody,” Selig said. “I don’t get the feeling that there’s a lot of support for it, at least in their conversations with me.”
• Adam Dunn reiterated that he wants to remain with the Washington Nationals.
Even if he first becomes a free agent.
“I still want to be here. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Dunn said before the Nationals opened their final homestand of the season. “Just because I go to free agency doesn’t mean I can’t come back here or that I don’t want to come back here. I do.”
• Twins catcher Joe Mauer is out of the starting lineup because of his sore left knee and remains day to day.