Steinbrenner looking forward to season

Updated: January 15, 2010, 5:10 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- George Steinbrenner is looking forward to the start of the upcoming baseball season.

"I am. Aren't you?" the 79-year-old New York Yankees owner said with a smile on Friday.

Steinbrenner spent four hours in his office at the team's complex in Florida, where individual spring training game tickets went on sale. About 150 fans were in line when ticket windows opened.

The Yankees' 2009 World Series championship trophy, which was taken to Steinbrenner's home for him to see earlier this week, was on display outside the ballpark.

Steinbrenner said the Yankees are in position for what could be another "special" season this year, and that he is "feeling good."

A group of former players taking part in a Yankees fantasy camp -- including David Wells, Lee Mazzilli and Mickey Rivers -- spent time with Steinbrenner in his office.

Steinbrenner uses a wheelchair because of bad knees and has made few public appearances since turning over control of the team to his son Hal last year. He attended the first two games of last year's World Series against Philadelphia but watched the Game 6 clincher from his home in Tampa.


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