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The $64,000 Question

What will happen to the Yankee organization when George Steinbrenner passes away? That’s the $64,000 question for the Bombers, not “When will Joe Torre Leave (or be asked to leave).” This was something I thought about a lot last season, well before Steinbrenner’s fainting spell at Otto Graham’s funeral. I’ve been waiting for the local media to take up the issue, and yesterday T.J. Quinn did just that in The Daily News:

Throughout the organization, sources say they have begun to see signs of age from the Boss, like the now-famous story of how he fired an employee one day and then demanded to know why that person was not at work the next. Some friends say he can veer off into strange tangents during conversations, although they note that his was always a volatile personality.

Personally, I started getting suspicious when George burst out crying after the Yankees beat the Red Sox last summer.

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