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Yankees Pitcher: Steinbrenner Was a 'Great Man'

7/13/2010 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The New York Yankees' ace pitcher CC Sabathia offered kind words today following the death of legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner ... calling him "a great man."

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Sabathia -- who was at an event in Anaheim, CA connected to the MLB All-Star Game -- also said George's death was a "tough loss for our organization" and offered his condolences to the Steinbrenner family.

Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Torii Hunter also shared their thoughts on the situation.

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*78    

According to Jesse Jackson, he must have just been a slave owner who takes advantage of his black players and thinks he owns them. To think, he tells them what kind of facial hair they can have. That is exactly what a white slave owner would do!!! How dare a black player say anything nice about him!

1472 days ago
2.

TMZ@Froggy.biz    

OMG, Steinbrenner will be forever tied to Seinfeld!

1472 days ago
3.

ntvnat    

Um.. in real life (not on 'Seinfeld'), wasn't he a man who acted like a TOTAL [a]sshole and fired a lot of people for no good reason?

1472 days ago
4.

xxrequiemxx    

Hopefully, they will stop buying their championships...

1472 days ago
5.

Superman    

Those were not ringing endorsements! They sounded like they didn't want to answer the question. They just wanted to get out.

1472 days ago
6.

Bubba    

He was a real philanthropist here in the Tampa area. He will be sorely missed and always well thought of here. And no I am definitely NOT a Yankees fan.

1472 days ago
7.

J Simp    

CC tells it like it is. RIP The Boss.

1472 days ago
8.

Dan    

Hey TMZ! Get your team names right! It's the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim!

1472 days ago
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crippler    

I'm not a Yankees fan, but MLB allowes big payrolls without much in the way of revenue sharing. He was able to shell out the cash for the big names and and it bought several championships. But I shouldn't complain, my Blue Jays started it all with 90 million Dollar teams in the early 90's!

1472 days ago
10.

Barbie    

Steinbrenner was an important man for sure, but he was a a-hole and that's what I loved about him. He was tough as nails ! His winning personality (not) was what made him so famous. But give credit where credit is due, he created a dream team of player's.

1471 days ago

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