George Steinbrenner wouldn’t be ‘too thrilled about how poorly the Yankees have become’: Darryl Strawberry

A composite photo: Three pictures of George Steinbrenner. From the left, wearing a Top Gun hat; chatting with a player, and pointing a finger
Darryl Strawberry said late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner would not be "thrilled" by the team's current 15-year title drought.

Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is annoyed.

The late Yankees owner would not be happy with the team’s 15-year World Series dry spell, former Bronx Bomber Darryl Strawberry told The Post.

“He wouldn’t have been too thrilled about how poorly the Yankees have become and not being, you know, in that place of the winning circle,” said Strawberry, who won three titles in pinstripes.

Boss George Steinbrenner shares a laugh with Jim Leyritz and Darryl Strawberry at Yankee Stadium. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Boss George Steinbrenner shares a laugh with Jim Leyritz and Darryl Strawberry at Yankee Stadium. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Boss had his warts, but could do no wrong in the slugger’s world.

“George was incredible. He was like a father to me, Doc [Gooden] and so many other players,” the player-turned-preacher added.

Strawberry said The Boss was misunderstood.

“The media just always wanted to rave about how crazy he was. He had love and great passion for the New York Yankees organization,” Strawberry said prior to his heart attack.

He continued: “I mean, c’mon man, I think if there were more owners out there that cared about the team winning, then maybe a lot of them would have been successful, like the Yankees were for so many years. And what they’ve accomplished as being one of the top franchises in sports history.”

Gooden, who spent three seasons with the Yankees,1996 -1997 and 2000, after a standout career with the Mets, also threw the Boss a few bouquets.

Dwight Gooden warms up under the watchful eyes of Yankee pitching coach Billy Connors <br>and Steinbrenner. Gooden says “The Boss” should be in the MLB Hall of Fame. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dwight Gooden warms up under the watchful eyes of Yankee pitching coach Billy Connors
and Steinbrenner. Gooden says “The Boss” should be in the MLB Hall of Fame. ASSOCIATED PRESS
George Steinbrenner was the longest-serving owner in club history, <br>and the Yankees won seven World Series championships and 11 <br>American League pennants under his ownership. Getty Images
George Steinbrenner was the longest-serving owner in club history,
and the Yankees won seven World Series championships and 11
American League pennants under his ownership. Getty Images

“George was a great, loving guy. Obviously tough, but he wanted to win and he always invested back into the team and he cared about the fans,” Gooden said. “And it was true when he said, ‘Once a Yankee, always a Yankee.’ When I retired, I worked for George for six years. He cared about the community. He should be in the Hall of Fame, no doubt about it.”