I speak only for myself and not for all of those committed to both loving the Mets and hating the Yankees, when I say, George Steinbrenner was the best enemy any baseball fan could have. His contributions to the sport were monumental and for the best. He raised the standards of economic and athletic competition in the game and forced many teams to spend more shrewdly and play more determinedly. His devotion to the game and to the fans is unrivaled in any front office in any city. He built an astounding legacy of excellence which has given so many people around the country and around the world, but, especially in my city and in my beloved Bronx home of the last ten years such incredible joy, pride, excitement, and consolation in life.
It’s good to fight for our side, it’s good to force our enemies to become greater, and it is a sweeter victory when we have more bitter rivals.
And there is no victory, but only sadness and all too human defeat, in losing such a great rival as George Steinbrenner.
You will be deeply missed. Hating the Yankees will never be quite the same without you.