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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:26:06 AM

George Steinbrenner's presence will hover over Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium today, as it should. There will be hundreds, maybe thousands, of stories told about the principal owner who passed away on Tuesday. I have one of my own to share and, fittingly, it happened on an Old-Timers' Day.

Ten years ago, I woke up on a Saturday in September to discover that Steinbrenner had groused about three players in an article in The New York Daily News. Steinbrenner expressed skepticism about second baseman Chuck Knoblauch's elbow injury, he said reliever Jeff Nelson should "give us what we want and zip the lip" and he also criticized Mike Stanton, another reliever.

Because Steinbrenner had squawked, everything changed for the reporters who were working that day. The focus shifted from the Yankees-Twins