George Steinbrenner is now truly the biggest of the Yankees greats - as measured in Monument Park.
The colorful and combative owner was honored with the largest tribute in the team’s storied area of remembrance behind the center-field fence, dwarfing those of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. His monument was unveiled during a solemn ceremony Monday night attended by many of the stars he had feuded with and fawned over during his 371/2-year tenure.
Former manager Joe Torre came to Steinbrenner’s $1.6 billion new Yankee Stadium for the first time, as did former captain Don Mattingly, and Torre reconciled with general manager Brian Cashman.
Steinbrenner’s monument is in center field behind a quintet of those honoring manager Miller Huggins (unveiled in 1932), Gehrig (1941), Ruth (1949), Mantle (1996) and DiMaggio (1999). The other monument, to the victims and rescue workers of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is on the left-field side of the area.
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“A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever,” the monument reads. “He was considered the most influential owner in all of sports.”
SEASON OVER FOR CUBS ROOKIE
Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin remained hospitalized in Miami on Monday, a day after his season ended when part of a shattered bat punctured his chest.
“You never want to have a season end early, and I’m disappointed that I’m not going to be able to make it through the finish line with the rest of my teammates,” Colvin said in a statement released by the team.
Colvin was standing at third base in the second inning of Chicago’s 13-3 victory at Florida on Sunday when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo’s broken bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored.
Colvin was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung and was expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days for observation.
BIG TACKLE FOR BRAVES OUTFIELDER
Atlanta left fielder Matt Diaz helped tackle a costumed fan who ran onto the field and briefly eluded security guards during Monday’s Braves-Phillies game at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, where a teenager was subdued with a stun gun earlier this season.
The fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, jogged onto the field in the bottom of the seventh inning. He was chased by security guards for several seconds. After a guard slipped for the second time, Diaz coolly banged his knee into the back of the fan’s knee, knocking him down.
Diaz got an ovation from the crowd and received high-fives from teammates in the dugout.