I barely have the stomach to respond to this article. 9/11 and 22-0 are not metaphorically similar, and even for Steinbrenner this is a new low. As a resident New Yorker who had to deal with 9/11, it’s aftermath, and attendant emotional distress, it makes me sick to see this. All of you Yankees fans should be embarrassed, ashamed. Actually, it’s not just Yankees fans. That we pay so much rabid attention to sports that people are able to conflate a blowout with massive human tragedy is an indictment of our culture, not just Yankees culture. I have nothing else to say.

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  • Lighten up, Francis. I don’t think we all need to re-examine our lives every time George plants his foot in his mouth.
    Though we might ask this question: If the Yanks don’t take the division, haven’t the terrorists won?

    The Big Toe September 3, 2004, 9:35 am
  • Hey Big Toe, how about if next time the Red Sox lose I start ranting about how “it’s ok, we’ll bounce back like the Jews did after Auschwitz”, or “it’s ok, we have the same spirit as the Japanese Americans did after they were released from internment camps”? That would go over well, I am sure. Hey, all you Jews and Japanese, lighten up!
    The fact is that 9-11 was a significantly personal and tragic event, and not just for me. He ought to be very careful when he does this, though he’s shown no propensity for any kind of sensitivity in the past, beyond crying after a nice win. But his idiocy hurts. So when the grade-A asshole owner of the Yankees invokes the spirit of someone who was my good friend in order to lighten the sense of a blowout loss, I am not going to lighten up. It’s not excusable, it’s not a time for levity.

    SF September 3, 2004, 11:59 am
  • I think The Big Toe was merely pointing out that George’s comments indict only himself, not our entire culture.

    Ziskey September 3, 2004, 12:39 pm
  • That’s the fact, Jack!

    Ox September 3, 2004, 12:39 pm
  • And I am saying that George’s comments indict more than just Steinbrenner. The ease with which people are able to invoke the defenseless spirits of others in order to add credibility to their own beliefs is dangerous and unfair, whether it is Rudy Giuliani telling us Tuesday that “we owe it to those who died on 9-11 to re-elect Bush” to Steinbrenner using the same event to help his Yanks. It is indefensible in either case.
    So I don’t think that it’s just about George. It’s all too easy to just want to explain this one away as more lunatic rantings from the Boss, which they are. But the issue is a bigger one, at least for me.

    SF (Winger?) September 3, 2004, 1:18 pm
  • yep, Giuliani is a real butt plug.

    Lynn19 September 3, 2004, 3:38 pm

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