Tampa, Florida - On Tuesday afternoon, the Glazer family reacted to the passing of Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner by releasing this statement to the media:
"The sports world and Tampa community have lost a legend and a friend. George was one of the most consequential and colorful executives in sports history. He helped restore his proud franchise to its unique place in sports and society. However, his greatest contributions weren't those that graced the sports page. He was a caring, gentle giant in our community. George will be sorely missed."
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Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg sent 10 Connects this reaction to the passing of George Steinbrenner:
"George Steinbrenner's impact on both the game of baseball and in the Tampa Bay community will have an everlasting effect on us all. We send our deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization."
Also Tuesday, USF Baseball Coach Lelo Prado (also the brother in law of former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez) issued this statement on the passing of Steinbrenner:
"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of George Steinbrenner. Mr. Steinbrenner has done so much for the University of South Florida, USF Baseball, the Tampa Bay Community and the game of baseball and I will be eternally grateful for his efforts. Baseball has lost an icon and model for success. USF Baseball sends our condolences to the Steinbrenner family and the entire Yankee organization."
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