In last night’s Open Thread, Steve asked us to complete the following sentence: “If George was still alive….” My response was as follows:
“….he’d probably wonder why people forgot that he was basically all bark and no bite once he came back from suspension, and would be baffled by the fact that people throw around “if George was alive, he’d do X” as if he would actually have done X.”
Now, George did scare off a number of employees once he returned from his ban from baseball. His constant meddling and browbeating caused some of Joe Torre’s coaches to quit out of frustration, and created a pressure-packed and uncomfortable management situation. That said, the days of him ordering a player to be sent to AAA or just firing managers due to “in the moment” quibbles had largely passed by 1996, and most of the anecdotes that people intend to reference when they pull the “If George was still alive” canard out of the bag occurred decades ago. The fact of the matter is that if George was still alive today, Brian Cashman would likely still be the GM, Joe Girardi would be the manager, and Ramiro Pena would not have been cut immediately after yesterday’s debacle. I suspect that not much at all would be different.
If George was still alive, today would be his birthday. Instead of remembering him for his flaws and the insane antics of the 80′s, let’s celebrate his birthday and appreciate the fact that he built the franchise into a financial powerhouse that can afford to field a fantastic team every season. He also left the team in the hands of people who, for all their faults, want to win and are willing to spend to do so.
If George was still alive, I’d shake his hand, wish him a Happy Birthday, and thank him for a job well done.
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