July 13th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Alec Baldwin: George Steinbrenner set the standard

Upon the passing of New York Yankee’s manager George Steinbrenner, Hollywood notables have recalled a tough, but respected man who exemplified what it meant to be a Yankee at heart.

Regis Philbin, who was close to Steinbrenner, told CNN,“He defined the Yankees and what they stood for...winning." Philbin added, “I will think about him every time the Yankees are mentioned and every time I drive by Yankee Stadium....Thanks for all the good times, George."

Alec Baldwin agreed that if you wanted a definition for a top sports boss, look no further than Steinbrenner.

“I am saddened to see the passing of a true sports legend, from the ranks of ownership,” Baldwin told CNN. “George Steinbrenner set the standard – and will always be remembered with the Mara’s, the Tisch’s and the Wilpon’s as one of the great NY sports owners.”

To Donald Trump, Steinbrenner was a winner.

As the mogul told Extra, "George was the boss, and he was a great guy," Trump said. "More than anything, George Steinbrenner knew how to win. There was no one like him."

Actor Jason Alexander told CNN, "I met the real George Steinbrenner on only one occasion, when he actually came and played himself on an episode of 'Seinfeld.' He seemed to really enjoy himself. I did not get to know him but the fact that he allowed himself and his beloved team to be satirized on our show is an indication to me of his true character."

Steinbrenner "was certainly a legend and I am pleased to have been associated with him, even if only in fiction," Alexander said. "My sympathies to his family, friends and fans."

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  1. jim

    May the Force pass with him.

    July 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jennifer

    Apostrophes aren't used to pluralize words. Baldwin's quote should read, "...the Maras, the Tisches, and the Wilpons..."

    July 15, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

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