George Steinbrenner's Best Spoofs Of Himself
A lot of people hated George Steinbrenner, including Yankee fans. But they'd be well-served to remember just how bottom-of-the-barrel the team was when he bought it for $10 million (it's now worth $2 billion or so).
The Stadium was empty, the roster deplete, the minor-league system a joke. It took The Boss a while, but he made the Yankees hateable again.
He also wasn't above spoofing himself, or being spoofed.
1. The Sports Illustrated cover
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He did love his publicity.
2. On SNL. The Carl's Quik-Stop sketch has Phil Hartman as Pete, supervisor of a convenience store, pleading with his manager Carl (Steinbrenner), to fire an utterly hapless employee.
Pete: It's about Steve. He's not working out.
Carl: Well, what should we do? Do you think I should talk to him again?
Pete: No, Carl.. I think it's time you let him go.
Carl: You mean, fire him?
Pete: I don't think you have a choice. He's not doing his job, he doesn't show up half the time, and when he does he's rude to the customers.
Carl: Geez, it just seems firing so extreme. How about if we just give him a warning? A warning can be very effective, you know?
Pete: Carl, this can't continue! You've got twenty people on the payroll, and only five real jobs. Three employees are out there operating a cash register. You've got to start somewhere! I'll go get him. [ exits office ]
Carl: [ alone, worried ] How? How do you fire a man? How do you look in his eye and tell him he's no longer needed? Who am I to judge another man?
3. On Seinfeld
And of course, there was Larry David's take on him.
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