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Ilitches Release Statement On Death Of George Steinbrenner

The entire world of baseball has been paying tribute to George Steinbrenner, who died yesterday at the age of 80. Like him or not, there's no doubt that Steinbrenner had a huge impact on Major League Baseball, which is why so many people have reacted to this story. Two of those people include Mike and Marian Illitch, who released this statement on this sad news:

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"We are saddened by the passing of George Steinbrenner and extend our condolences to the Steinbrenner family and the New York Yankees organization.

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"George was a tremendous competitor. His passion for winning motivated all of us in baseball. When George took over the ballclub, he reinvented the Yankees. He did everything within his power to put a championship team on the field.

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"George was personable, friendly and truly cared about his franchise and the fans. We always admired his drive to be the best."

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