Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Not in Cleveland

The New York Yankees lost another larger-than-life figure today, as George Steinbrenner passed away. Keith Olbermann remembers the Cleveland native for whom, frankly, I never had much time or respect personally, but hey, that's how I roll. (The post reads a bit better than his verbal tribute on Countdown, although it doesn't have the advantage of the Ken Burns interview which solidified what it is that made me most uncomfortable about Steinbrenner. His main claim to fame was that he "threw money at" anything perceived to be a problem. Olbermann may have criticized Limbaugh's eulogy, but I think Rush was right on this, Steinbrenner was the ultimate hyper-capitalist.)

I never read any American Splendor either, but I can appreciate how Harvey Pekar (that other Clevelander) touched Tony Bourdain. Even if we don't have a personal connection to someone, even if they are pretty much the opposite of everything we consider entertaining, it's probably worth noting that, if they affected someone who in turn affects us positively, by extension their lives were worthwhile.


PJ said...

My only concern is that they didn’t put a stake in him to be sure he was dead (and I’m not talking about Pekar).

I stopped being a Yankee fan because of the man. Bob Sheppard, grace personified - GS the antithesis.

Jill said...

I'd forgotten about Steinbrenner's Cleveland link. It makes his death occurring on the same day as Pekar's a weird bit of synchronicity. Funky Winkerbean isn't looking so hot these days either.