Bill Lee no fan of George Steinbrenner
For the past few days, we've seen tearful tributes and touching memories about Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away on Tuesday. Then along comes Bill "Spaceman'' Lee. Let's just say the former out-there Red Sox pitcher isn't sorry to see Steinbrenner go. While appearing on New Hampshire TV station WMUR, Lee said, "As far as Steinbrenner's passing? Good. Trust me, if hell freezes over, he'll be skating.''
Lee, who was in a huge brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox in 1976, claimed that Steinbrenner wanted Lee banned from baseball. Lee said, "He tried to run me out of the game a long time ago, after the brawl. He said I was a pariah, I wasn't good for baseball. … I told him basically to shut up. ...He may have been good for the Yankees organization, but he was definitely a thorn in my side.''
Lee wasn't done. Asked if he was sad Steinbrenner had died, Lee said, "I have no sadness. I'm Irish, I'm Catholic, and when you're gone, you're gone.''
Oh, there's more. Lee said his golf game improved when he heard Steinbrenner had died. "When I heard he was dead, I went out and sank seven 30-footers. I was like on Tequila. I was floating. I took the team — we were 1-under and we went to 10-under, and the best golfer was me, and I'm a 15-handicap.''