Why George Steinbrenner ruins the fun of baseball.

“Some people will feel like we went out and won games and that was success,” Stottlemyre said. “Some people will feel like we got into the World Series and that’s successful. And there are some people that think that if you don’t win the whole thing, sometimes four games to none, it’s unsuccessful. I don’t think I need to say anymore.

“We didn’t win the World Series, but I’m not walking away from here today feeling like we had a nonsuccessful year.”

Season-ending losses to Arizona, to Anaheim and now to Florida have made the last three seasons more bleak than joyous. Steinbrenner chokes the joy out of winning. If he’s not careful, he is going to choke the life out of his franchise.