George Steinbrenner Monument Ceremony Recap

Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees looks over the newly unveiled monument to the late owner George Steinbrenner prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 20 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

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The New York Yankees unveiled a monument for George Steinbrenner tonight, in a touching ceremony.

To start the ceremony, the Steinbrenner family was introduced by PA announcer Paul Olden. Bud Selig was announced with the family.

Next, a video was shown to honor George Steinbrenner. The video included touching quotes from Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Gene Monahan, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Joe Girardi, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Brian Cashman, as well as pictures of Steinbrenner, the Yankees, and quotes from Steinbrenner himself. The quotes were truly from the heart and not just the statements you hear often about deceased people from PR departments.

What other team has about 98% of fans that know the name of the teams trainer? George helped this kind of stuff happen.

After the video, the Steinbrenner family was taken out in golf carts to the monument in center field. Following the family was former and current Yankees including the entire Yankees team and former greats such as Roy White, Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, Reggie Jackson, David Wells, and many others.

The monument was then officially unveiled. The monument was unveiled to be identical to the others, except that the size of it is much, much bigger.

With most of the Steinbrenner family members crying and walking away, along with the Yankees current team, Mariano Rivera sat in front of the monument in silence, a goosebump inducing moment. After Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson walked by, arm over each others shoulders, the ceremony ended.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. sang the national anthem.

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