This morning, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away in Tampa, Florida after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Really, no matter what you think of him as a person or as an owner, he sure did change the culture and economics of baseball - much less sports - perhaps for the better, or worse.
No matter what, the man spent what he could on his team and showed an insatiable desire to win - even if it came at a detriment.
In turn, Steinbrenner's teams rewarded him with seven World Series titles. Even as an Oriole fan who could never find himself rooting for the Yankees, I have to respect what he did.
He used the system in place to win and win big.
A lot (especially in the last two decades).
Rest in peace.