I'm a Met fan myself. But I remember a TV interview with Steinbrenner back during the '96 World Series (or maybe '98 or '99). The reporter was asking if he ever told the manager what to do during a game, but got a bit flustered between talking to George (Steinbrenner) and referring to Joe (Torre):
Interviewer: "So, do you ever call George and say..."
Steinbrenner, with a grin: "Call George? George who? Costanza?"
Interviewer, chucking: "Sorry, do you ever call Joe..."
That Steinbrenner took the whole Seinfeld thing in good humor was a sign, I think. He even filmed some scenes for the show, but they never aired, I've read because he felt that episode's plotline (the death of Susan) was a bit too harsh. The scenes were with Elaine, of all things- they're on the DVD.
Anyway, who knew he was a mensch? (Billy Martin might disagree, but he did go back four more times. And Steinbrenner did eventually make his way to Berra to make up.) Here are two stories:
From Billy Crystal.
From Daniel Foster.
I liked a line I saw yesterday: "He will forever be a defending World Series champion." RIP.