Lou had a way with his Boss

Piniella both challenged and revered Steinbrenner and earned his respect

Updated: July 14, 2010, 1:39 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

They all said he loved Lou best. And if not best, then surely in a way that George Steinbrenner never felt about any of his other managers or players.

Maybe it was Tampa or the racetrack, two of the many common bonds between Lou Piniella and the Yankees' owner.

Maybe it was their mutual understanding of baseball as part show business.

"I learned a long time ago from George Steinbrenner that I'm here to entertain," Piniella said when he was named Tampa Bay manager. "So I kick ...

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