Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Hal Steinbrenner opens up
Well, sort of.
I just got back from the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, N.J., where Ken Davidoff and I attended the premiere of ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary "The House of Steinbrenner" by Oscar winner Barbara Kopple.
Yogi was there, as were former Yankees catcher Rick Cerone, former Newsday scribe Steve Jacobson and former New York Times Giants beat writer Buster Olney.
I will have much more to say about the film closer to its Sept. 21 air date, but the highlight by far was a rare sitdown with Hal Steinbrenner in which he revealed more of himself than usual, including his anal streak.
"I love check lists," he says. "That's me."
Kopple said she tried to land an interview with Hal's older brother Hank, to no avail.
The film would have been better served by a bigger dose of the George /Hal /Hank dynamic, but much of it is dedicated to Yankees-centric nostalgia that will make Red Sox and Mets fans gag.
Kopple, who grew up a Yankees fan, made no apologies before the screening for the direction from which she approached the film: "I take this personally," she said.