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And Now, The 2010 All-Star Game, Haunted By The Ghost Of George Steinbrenner

The New York Daily News is reporting that a source high up within the organization has confirmed to them that George Steinbrenner, the larger-than-life owner of the New York Yankees, shuffled off this mortal coil at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET this morning in Tampa after suffering a massive heart attack. He celebrated his 80th birthday just last week.

Whether this should be considered an odd coincidence or a cosmic confluence of events, the fact that the eyes of the entire baseball world will all be fixed on one event this evening, the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, it is safe to say that a majority of the broadcast, as well as the thoughts of many who are not only watching but participating in tonight’s game will be on the great man, who was one of the first owners to step outside the owner’s box and become just as big of a story in the sports world as the games taking place between the lines. And the idea that his death will cast a shadow over the All-Star Game tonight would have most certainly tickled the often egomaniacal Steinbrenner.

In fact, he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Rest in peace, Mr. Steinbrenner.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died: source [New York Daily News]