Yesterday was a sad day for Yankees fans. The Boss, George Steinbrener, died at the age of 80.
Sure there were fans who had mixed feelings about the guy. On one hand, he bought every superstar he could; on the other hand, he was the mean guy who publicly insulted his players after a bad loss.
But no matter how people feel about The Boss, nobody can deny his incredible achievement. He purchased a failing team in the 1970's for ten million dollars. He died in the summer of 2010, the owner of a 1.5 billion dollar team.
The secret to his success was his single minded determination. For Steinbrener it was simple. You do what it takes, you spend what you have to, but winning is not optional. And while many folks, particularly fans of other teams, hated him for it, he produced results. During the years that Mr. Steinbrener was owner of the team, the Yankees won the American League pennant eleven times, and the championship seven times. He had to have died satisfied. At the time of his death, his team had one their last game. They had the best record in baseball.
Across the great and mighty world of sports talk radio, everyone recalled how all George Steinbrener really cared about was victory for his team. And while the goal wasn't quite one I'd praise, the trait is admirable.
Imagine if a yid would focus their complete attention towards serving Hashem. Imagine what kind of a tzadik would be produced if a person would take on the attitude of "you do what it takes and spend what you have to." Imagine how many victories a person could have against his yetzer harah.
George Steinbrener put everything he had into his Yankees; shouldn't we do that much for Hashem?