Cybulski: Yankees give Steinbrenner his due

James Cybulski
9/21/2010 2:53:57 PM
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You know it's a big night when a game being played in late September that could decide the American League East pennant takes a back seat.

When the New York Yankees have a celebration, they do it in style. They do it much in the same way the Montreal Canadiens throw a party.  People are either sobbing or screaming wildly.  Monday night at new Yankee Stadium, the current Yankees' stars and legends of the past honoured late owner George Steinbrenner as a plaque was unveiled in Monument Park just beyond centrefield.

Yogi and Reggie were there and it was a special night to see the return of Don Mattingly and Joe Torre to the Bronx; two men that had done so much for the Yankees in their Pinstripe careers that any sort of animosity needed to be squashed and it sounds like it has been.

It was an emotional night for the Yankee family and Big George was given his just due amongst the other Yankee gods.

The NFL's version of the Boss - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - paid his respects too, but was later serenaded with a 'Cowboys Suck!' chant when he left midway through. Would you expect anything less?

Jay-Z took in the festivities at the ballpark, even rocking out to his own song when it blared over the stadium speakers although he seemed rather embarrassed when he realized he was doing it on the massive video board in the outfield.

The Yankees pulled out the win, just as the Boss would've wanted, but in the House that George Built, it's quite apparent that all the magic that roamed across the street for so many years, has found its way to their new digs.

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