George Steinbrenner Wednesday Wickedness
1. "But why shouldn't I speak out? Don't you speak out in this country?"
- Do you speak out as often as you should?
Not really, but sometimes I speak out when I shouldn’t, so it all balances out.
2. "I am tough. Sometimes I'm unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while."
- Are you ever tough and unreasonable?
I’m not tough without a good reason, but I’m rarely unreasonable.
3. "I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always been successful - but I know that I have tried."
- Do you believe that sometimes you learn more from a failure than a success?
Yes, because failure usually shows us why we failed. Success is sometimes just dumb luck.
4. "Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next."
- Do you feel that you always have to win?
No, because I’d be in for a lifetime of constant disappointment. (But I do win on occasion)
5. "It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk.”
- Do you think money always buys greatness?
Hell no! It darned sure doesn’t buy class either.
6. "I take my last phone call at home at about 11pm."
- What time is too late to call you?
Any time after 9 p.m. - unless it’s an emergency, of course.
7. "Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now."
- Do you think tradition matters?
Of course it matters. We should honor the past, treasure the present and plan for the future.
8. "And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance."
- Do you tend to root for the underdog?
Every time, because the underdog’s victory is more appreciated - it’s a victory for everyone. (Besides, who the hell wants to see the Yankees win yet another pennant?)
9. "I don't think I ever could exceed my father's successes. He was a completely satisfied man, he knew what he wanted to accomplish and he accomplished it. I did do a lot, though, to try to please him."
- Do you ever feel that you want to exceed your parents’ successes?
I measure success in my own terms, not by what anyone else has/hasn’t done.
10. "I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."
- In terms of cartoon characters, who are you like?
Probably Goofy. I’m happy-go-lucky most of the time, and sometimes I find myself in strange predicaments.
(P.S. Oscar the Grouch is a Muppet, not a cartoon character)