The family of George Steinbrenner placed a casket inside a mausoleum at a cemetery near Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, four days after the death of the New York Yankees owner.
The two sons and two daughters of the 80-year-old owner were joined by his wife, Joan, at Trinity Memorial Garden Cemetery.
Neither the Yankees nor cemetery officials would confirm that services were taking place. The cemetery is located in Pasco County, about a half-hour drive north of Steinbrenner’s home.
Yankees co-chairmen Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and daughters Jessica Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal arrived on a steamy, humid afternoon with temperatures in the 90s. About 40 people were there, including Yankees employees. Flags within sight were at half-staff.
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Those who gathered spent about 45 minutes inside a large building on the property, then walked outside into waiting vehicles. A hearse and five SUVs then drove a short distance to the grey stone mausoleum, where the a casket was brought inside the mausoleum as family members watched.
Hank Steinbrenner then escorted his mother into the tomb.
The family spent less than 10 minutes inside. Joan Steinbrenner then shook hands with cemetery employees as mourners began leaving the grounds, and the family left in a caravan of cars a little after 4 p.m. (EDT)
George Steinbrenner, who had turned over day-to-day operations of the Yankees to his sons in 2007, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Tampa. A public memorial is expected to be held at a later date, although plans have not been announced.
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The latest buzz at the Florida Marlins’ ballpark involves bees.
An area near the visitor’s bullpen became infested, with one entire section of seats and part of another were roped off for Saturday night’s game against the Washington Nationals.
Dozens of bees nested on the arm of a seat during the game, and some swarmed in the nearby aisle. An usher keeping fans away said he was unaware of anyone being stung.
A bee removal company called I’ll Bee There was dispatched to dispose of the insects.
Yogi Berra missed Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday after taking a fall at home. A team spokesman said the 85-year-old Hall of Famer has some bruises after the accident Friday in Montclair, N.J., but was OK. … Kerry Wood is back on the disabled list – for the 14th time in his career and second with the Cleveland Indians this year – this time with a blistered right index finger. … A.J. Burnett was removed from the New York Yankees’ 10-5 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday in the third inning because of cuts on his pitching hand. … Boston All-Star pitcher Clay Buchholz, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, will start Wednesday in Oakland.