GEORGE STEINBRENNER FIRES BILLY MARTIN IN HEAVEN
July 13 2010
Tampa, FL – There have always been stories of people who haven’t been able to get along yet somehow created magic when they did. Artists, politicians, inventors, and all other sorts of people have not only had success being partnered with a belligerent,
but often thrived. Whether it is a result of the energy that anger creates or the natural creative symmetry that exists despite personal issues, such stories have fuelled some of the great partnerships and creative successes in history.
That really could not be said for George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin who had perhaps the most acrimonious relationship in the history of sport. Their relationship as owner and manager did yield one World Series championship, but it also yielded a great number of pink slips, five in total over a span of 13 years. Their relationship became the stuff of legend, surpassing even the explosive personalities that each man had themselves. With fights, firings, and arguments played out on the biggest stage in the world, the two no doubt had an intertwined relationship. Despite the obvious friction between the two men however, their paths continued to cross and now with the death of Steinbrenner at the age of eighty, it appears that the relationship can continue in the big beyond.
“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again,” said a spokesperson for the Steinbrenner family. “He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again. He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost, he was devoted to his entire family and grandchildren. The funeral service will be private but there will also be a public memorial with details to be announced later.”
Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack on Monday night and died on Tuesday.Rival Martin died in 1989 in a car accident.
“There have always been great rivalries in sport and often they have been of a personal nature. True, sometimes they are just between teams but sometimes certain
individuals simply do not get along and that plays out on the field, in the media, and occasionally in the club house. Obviously these two men were well known for their antics individually but when they got together things were explosive,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “Martin certainly wasn’t best manager in the world and he probably should have been fired but he should have stayed that way. Steinbrenner kept hiring him back over and over again. Even at the time of his death he was assembling a staff for another shot at managing the team. Most people when they get fired move onto other things, as do most employers. Sport is different but five times is a little much for any league. Obviously they had something going on between them.”
Martin also managed four other teams, each for single stints.
“I would bet that if Heaven exists and the two of them are up there they have probably already started fighting. I mean Steinbrenner can’t fire him from there so that would be frustrating but who knows, if they continue the way they did on Earth they may very get kicked out and there’s no coming back to that place,” continued Marvins. “I mean getting fired from Heaven is pretty much the end of the line. The other guy isn’t big on letting people go back to their old gig; the immortal life is not exactly like baseball. Of course if there is no Heaven then they are both just dead and that’s the end of it.”
Despite being Yankees there is no guarantee that the two men were granted access to God’s Kingdom.
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent