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I have an eight.
That a person close to George Steinbrenner says the Yankee owner died.
And this is just crossing the AP there have been reports going back on -- -- forth on this but this is the strongest report yet that George Steinbrenner.
-- died on Tuesday morning we know that on the fourth of July he celebrated his eightieth birthday.
He is a virtual legend in the game of baseball long time -- yankees owner and very famous in the New York area for his you know colorful commentary.
An -- back in Portland with players and that fans and detractors alike.
He was a huge.
New York figure in terms of you know growing up in this area beside George Steinbrenner on the news -- on the cover of the paper all the time.
-- sometime is that you know outrageous.
Discussions back and forth and he would have over the in baseball what loved.
Loved the game of baseball nobody -- -- dispute that built an amazing team in the near yankees.
Built bought the team in 1973 for ten million dollars that team today is worth billions literally and so many world championships to Adam -- With a baseball background himself played College Baseball as a pitcher and -- -- you know the sport better than most Adam you're the all star game this morning reaction now -- good morning shortly before 7 o'clock out there.
Good morning bill it was already going to be an emotional night for Yankee fans anyway because Derek Jeter's batting second for the American league of course the -- shortstop for the Yankees for so many years.
Was going to be announced.
Over the loudspeaker of course on tape by Bob -- the longtime Yankee announcer who passed away this year.
But now with the news of Steinbrenner passing if that's gonna definitely change things here tonight for the 81 annual all star game.
You know when you -- -- on the field talking of the players of course they know about the ownership of all the different -- and of course the library as you mentioned.
Is the most known of all eleven pennants and seven World Series championships under his tenure -- control the team.
Until 2008 -- -- took over at that point I don't -- felled by the interaction he had with Billy Martin and of course they're actually have with Reggie Jackson who after by the Yankees sign the contract come here to Anaheim Reggie Jackson was here yesterday with a home run hitting contest.
It he is expected to be here today so you can bet -- -- have -- and Jackson concert Jeter Andy -- another longtime Yankee -- up through the system as well is also here.
I'll Robinson can no and then of course players who have played for the Yankees up points and their -- that are still here hall of famers that are going to be here Bud Selig from the -- -- -- Major League Baseball is here.
Are we expecting -- -- soon because some of the out of the of the big -- For lack of a better term are already starting to arrive here in about an hour or so West Coast editor of the game is tonight the players won't come in though until probably about noon or 1 o'clock so it'll be sometime before the players actually arrive here at the stadium but they are staying nearby.
We'll have a chance talk with them throughout the day bill as we get those -- and those reactions and you bet there will be a lot of heart -- reactions.
Before the boss as -- that they actually -- and -- -- happen for you here live on.
Here's what the -- he -- a person close to George Steinbrenner telling Associated Press.
That the New York Yankees owner died Tuesday morning the person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team and not yet made the announcements.
With regard to the team.
We contacted them just within the past hour the PR department of media relations department here in New York.
Would not even confirm as to -- -- -- George Steinbrenner -- New York or down in Tampa Florida where.
You know -- -- -- spent most of his life for the past couple years.
In the Florida weather in the Florida sunshine he -- not been a great health lately.
And we don't ask we have documented that for quite some time but this is a man to change the game.
He changed the way that he did not paid in the way that that teams are are built essentially.
Actually a lot of public relations people are here to for the all star -- unity change the big game.
As a minor -- bill when you play for other teams in the -- system and you go play the Yankees they always have some of the best facilities -- mean.
They did travel not only at the Major League level but at the minor league level they look.
Always look very good they're always very much a class organization.
When you play against the Yankees and as that's one reason why a lot of players that play the Yankees -- -- play a little bit harder but at the same time.
David who -- who doesn't want to play for the New York Yankees that's what you see so many players go there that's why again.
-- a lot of the all stars here will be talking about this throughout the day today and a lot of longtime yankees are here -- -- hall of famers but I saw Dave -- -- had just talked to him for a while -- -- -- of -- a -- yankees here I almost expected to -- at the game tonight -- with -- with guys like Dave Winfield and Reggie Jackson and current stars.
Like got Robinson Cano and Derek -- and Andy -- will definitely be having us -- coming -- -- -- -- again as you mentioned a lot of public relations -- for all the teams are here for the all star game -- also get a promise from them as well.
-- -- we -- just looking at some.
Pictures of George Steinbrenner over the years why you were talking.
And even for people in the outside the world of baseball he really epitomized you know the face of baseball ownership in this country we -- -- with President Clinton at the White House Hillary Clinton was.
With him in that picture as well with the mayor Giuliani of course here in New York that was a picture of him with Rupert Murdoch of course the chairman of news quarterly.
And -- he he was just a larger than life.
It out -- -- grant -- sort of guy that you know -- at love and hate him kind of relationship I think he was such a quintessential.
He was you know Martha -- -- -- -- West Coast boy grown up loving baseball he was ahead of that organization that you like to hate I mean.
How to get -- from Los Angeles or San Francisco or wherever when you play the Yankees you thought about the course -- players but you also about the boss and the players that he brought in.
To beat your team.
And I think that there's two reasons why a lot of Americans besides baseball would know about him as well one you -- -- situation -- he he really changed the way sports is sells itself was franchises do.
With the whole situation with the Yankees broadcasting the road games and the second reason is because of because assigned -- -- me in the ninety's.
There are a number of episodes -- George dealt with the boss to see the back of his head and there.
There is the joke but it really built that rough type of character that he was known for in real life.
And it was on television so a lot of people that maybe only heard his name we're kind of introduced to the the whole idea of George Steinbrenner threw the most popular show on television at the time so.
Yeah he's somebody definitely transcends baseball for sure.
And it is one of those iconic figures in baseball.
He -- never play the game but was so -- a part of the game that he's always gonna be tied to Major League Baseball a few years ago when the all star game was in New York they brought him out of that.
I emotional -- at the time and baseballs and a very good job in recent years by bringing some of these iconic figures players and not.
Onto the field to two to really.
Take part of the with the game in the celebration with the current players and -- that's gonna happen here tonight with some of the -- a hall of famers who are here so I get we we do we -- -- speaking with people like Reggie Jackson Andy -- Dave -- yankees passed and president players have to present -- talk about the passing of -- -- Reverend.
Adam thank you.
From Anaheim out of Tampa Florida Saint Joseph hospital we have a location there.
Camera outside the hospital were the late George Steinbrenner was brought sometime late on Monday night.
This is a guy left his mark 43 years he fired -- managers.
Including Billy Martin on five separate OK I -- absolutely.
He changed general managers eleven times in thirty years.
George Steinbrenner dead at the age -- -- the -- about --
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