Yesterday at Yankee Stadium, a memorial was erected for the late owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner. What Mr. Steinbrenner did for baseball, his community, and communities around the Tampa area (where he hailed from) will live on in his memory.
What made Mr. Steinbrenner so amazing was his ability to laugh at himself, willingness to give people 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances at succeeding, and his command of his team far outweighed some of the negatives.
Even for baseball fans, the important things to remember about Mr. Steinbrenner were his passion and tireless pursuit for excellent, his contributions to the community (often unpublicized and unannounced), and his preservation of the legacy of the Yankee tradition.
If any of us can be successful in even one of Mr. Steinbrenner’s pursuits, we become part of his legacy and the legacy of our own communities as well. I know without even knowing “The Boss” personally, his passion and drive and genuine caring for the human race have inspired me in many of my pursuits.