Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee Says He Has ‘No Sadness’ Over George Steinbrenner’s Death


July 16, 2010

The Red Sox hate the Yankees. That's a given.

But Bill "Spaceman" Lee really hates them — specifically the late George Steinbrenner.

Before Boston was honoring Steinbrenner with a moment of silence before Thursday night's game, the Red Sox Hall of Famer was celebrating his passing, showing anything but remorse in an interview with New Hampshire's WMUR.

"I have no sadness," Lee said with a laugh. "If hell freezes over, he'll be skating."

Lee was famous for his outspoken manner and brash reputation during his playing days, and the southpaw didn?t hold back when asked about the former Yankees owner, who died Tuesday.

"Steinbrenner tried to have me banned from baseball," Lee explained. "He said I was incompetent and bad for the game. I?m not a convicted felon like George Steinbrenner. He?ll take that to his grave."

Lee spent 10 seasons in Boston and went 94-68 with a 3.64 ERA in 321 games (167 starts). He did some of his best work against the Yankees, going 12-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 38 games (21 starts), but he isn?t going to miss The Boss.

"As far as Steinbrenner's passing — good," Lee summed up.

They don?t call him the Spaceman for nothing.

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