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17 of the greatest George Steinbrenner quotes of all time

By / 07.11.13

"Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next."

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As we approach the midway point of the MLB season with the All-Star break coming next week, there’s another more solemn milestone I wanted to be sure didn’t get passed over: the anniversary of George Steinbrenner’s passing. This Saturday, July, 13 will mark third year baseball has been without “The Boss,” so in honor of his indelible and unmatched legacy on the game of baseball today we take a look at some of the all time greatest George Steinbrenner quotes. Love him or hate him, not a soul alive can deny that George Steinbrenner left a bigger impact on baseball than any other owner in the sport’s history. Along the way we were all treated to a roller coaster of quotes ranging from verbal vomit to the endearing words you’d expect from a loving grandfather, so without further ado here’s our Guyism tribute to George Steinbrenner quotes.

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"I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."

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"I don't like to hurt people. Sometimes I just...well, I guess I can't help it."

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"Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa."

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"Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance."

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"Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him."

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"Is it in the best interest of baseball to sell beer in the ninth inning? Probably not."

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"The day I don't want to win for New York, that's the day I better get the hell out of the business."

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"Baseball is not just a sport anymore; we are a business. We are show business. To compete for the entertainment dollar, particularly in New York, you have to have more than nine guys playing baseball; you have to have an attraction. And I have tried to do the best job I possibly can to give my fans an attraction."

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"I have nothing against long hair, but wearing a Yankee uniform represents tradition. I think a Yankee should look well-groomed. After all, I'm paying the bills and issuing the paychecks around here and I feel a certain way about the Yankee tradition."

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"Go back to Day One in history. Look at your great generals. The ones who really got the stuff done were the ones the troops bitched about. It's the same in sports."

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"If I don't get involved, we're not going to get better."

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"It's okay for me to criticize my players because I sign the paychecks."

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"I like my race horses better because they can't talk to sportswriters."

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"The next time you drive me to the wall, I'll throw you over it."

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"In the end, I'll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody."

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"He never stopped trying. That would be good enough for me."

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Cass Anderson
About Cass Anderson... Cass is the social media editor and Director of Online Marketing for Guyism.com. You will find him at every Phish show that has ever existed, even ones before he was born.

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