Saluting the Boss
February 28, 2011 – Moments before the first pitch of 2011
was tossed, the Yankees paid tribute to George Steinbrenner in a city that
benefited from the late owner’s charitable works for three decades.
In a heartfelt ceremony, Ron Guidry, Joe Girardi, Goose
Gossage and Derek Jeter each read a part of a plaque that resides near a larger
than life statue of Steinbrenner outside the aptly named George M. Steinbrenner
Field. Steinbrenner’s wife Joan, along with his daughters Jennifer and Jessica,
followed the plaque dedication by each laying a rose on the interlocking NY
logo that is painted on the grass behind home plate.
The interlocking NY was chosen over home plate because the
ceremony’s organizer felt that it was important to incorporate some symbolism.
George Steinbrenner shaped the Yankees image for a long
time, and in my opinion, there was no better place for those roses to sit.
A complete wrap-up of the day with reactions from players
that span nearly four decades will be published in the April issue of Yankees Magazine.
–Alfred Santasiere III