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Yankee Hater Respects The Boss

Whether they love or despise the Yankees, baseball fans seem to agree: George Steinbrenner did a great deal for baseball during his tenure as owner of the New York Yankeees. Steinbrenner died Tuesday after a massive heart attack.

Westonite Phil Gaynes, an avid Mets fan, has always hated the Yankees. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s, he was all about the Dodgers.

"George did have a lot of shortcomings," said Gaynes, mentioning problems Steinbrenner had over the years with many of his players such as Dave Winfield and Yogi Berra. But, he said, "The Boss" did change the game as we know it, whether for better or for worse.

"What George did, as far as I'm concerned, is bought himself and his Yankees fans pennants, World Series—whatever money could buy, But God bless him and he did change baseball, no question about that," he said. "You can't put the genie back in the bottle, as we say. There's no turning back, George changed the game."

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