Steinbrenner congratulates Red Sox

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was more gracious
about Wednesday night's Game 7 loss to the Boston Red Sox after
being up three games to none than he was about losing the World Series
to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 after being up 2-0.

His statements then and now:

"I congratulate the Boston Red Sox on their great
victory. I want to thank our loyal fans for their enormous support.
Of course, I am disappointed because I wanted a championship for
them and for our city. You can be assured, we will get to work and
produce a great team next year."

"I want to sincerely apologize to the people of New York
and to the fans of the New York Yankees everywhere for the
performance of the Yankee team in the World Series. I also want to
assure you that we will be at work immediately to prepare for