New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was a master at getting attention throughout his life, and now through his death. Hours before the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, Steinbrenner, aged 80 died of a massive heart attack at his home in Tampa, Florida.
Tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX and the FAN590 (radio only, internet will rebroadcast shows from earlier on today) the Yankees will fittingly have the largest contingent of any team featuring Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
In what would normally be an all-out celebration of America’s past-time, there will be a moment of silence in memory of George Steinbrenner. How ironic that a man whose name could set even casual baseball fans into full verbal flight will get his proper due with a stadium full of fans not uttering a single word.
Most media attention in tonight’s battle for World Series home advantage starting at 8 p.m. on FOX and the FAN590 (radio only, internet will rebroadcast shows from earlier on today) will be on Steinbrenner and the Yankees but Toronto Blue Jays fans can sit back on the sofa and cheer on Vernon Wells, John Buck and Jose Bautista.