Yankees unveil monument to Steinbrenner

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Bronx, NY - The New York Yankees unveiled a large monument to late owner George Steinbrenner prior to Monday's game against Tampa Bay.

The Yankees brought back many former members of the club to honor "The Boss", who passed away earlier this summer after a 37-year run as owner of the Bronx Bombers. He died July 13 at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack.

The team revealed a monument in Steinbrenner's honor in the famed Monument Park of the $1.6 billion Yankee Stadium. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was among those in attendance, along with current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre.

"George, in my opinion, not only belongs in Monument Park, he belongs in the Hall of Fame," said Torre, who led the Yankees to four World Series championships.

The plaque is quite large, much bigger than that of the historic players in Yankees franchise history.

"We are grateful to have been able to share this night with so many special people who brought fulfillment to our father's life," Steinbrenner's family said in a statement. "To see all of the distinguished Yankees alumni, friends and family gathered with us was a meaningful tribute to him.

"Our father always believed that this organization was an extension of his family, and he felt our fans were the heartbeat and soul of this baseball team. His unrelenting vision and passion for success was unmatched, and we are humbled that his likeness will forever greet the people he cared so deeply for in Monument Park."

Also in attendance was former Yankees first baseman and future Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who spent his entire playing career in the Bronx and was the team captain.

"There are no bridges to burn. I love the Yankees, they have been a part of me my whole life, they helped me grow up," Mattingly said. "They taught me about playing this game. I love coming back to New York, no question about it."

Steinbrenner, who purchased the Yankees in 1973, won seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants after he took control of the storied franchise.

"I think it's a way for all of us to recognize him and to say thank you for what you've done, for the city of New York, for the New York Yankees, for whoever worked for him," Yankees current manager Joe Girardi said. "The second chances, the third chances that he's given people."


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