We here at Umpbump got an e-mail yesterday from a reader named Evan who works for the magazine Conde Nast Portfolio and its website, Portfolio.com, in response to our post concerning the , within which we mention the failing health of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Evan sent us a link to an article that Conde Nast is publishing in its September issue chronicling a visit to Steinbrenner’s home in Tampa by George’s longtime friend and a reporter from the magazine.
We won’t get into the details here because, quite frankly, it’s not very upbeat. But in the interest of fairness, I will point you to an article in this morning’s New York Daily News in which PR-man Howard Rubenstein makes his retort, claiming that the visit by the Conde Nast journalist was under “false pretenses” and that Steinbrenner had no idea that one of the men in his home was a reporter. He attempts to assuage the questions regarding the Boss’s health:
“I’m not going to go beyond saying that I talk to George almost every day….He’s OK and he’s still an active participant in every decision.”
Most baseball fans at least have some opinion on George Steinbrenner, whether we consider him an evil tyrant or a true competitor or anything in-between. I happen to think that he made baseball more entertaining and personable, so I’m holding out hope that he’s doing better than the reports seem to indicate. Besides, I’d like to see him host Saturday Night Live one more time. That “Ultra Sim-Fast” sketch still amuses me.