Boss Back In Tampa After Fainting Spell

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner returned home Dec. 28 after being hospitalized from a fainting spell the previous day while attending a memorial service for NFL Hall of Famer Otto Graham. The Boss is doing just fine and is eager to get back to business.

"I really didn't faint. I was practicing my slide into second base," said Steinbrenner, 73, in a statement.

Steinbrenner also returned to work and, while hospitalized, said he also expected everybody else to show up.

Dr. Andrew G. Boyer, Steinbrenner's personal physician, called Steinbrenner's health "excellent" and cited stress as a probable cause.

In addition to dealing with the death of his friend, Graham, Steinbrenner has had a tumultuous offseason, taking the heat for losing Andy Pettitte to the Houston Astros and handling the signing of Gary Sheffield.

On Christmas Eve, three days before the spell, Steinbrenner also dealt with the investigation by the New York State Lobbying Commision and learned the Yankees would be charged $11.8 million in luxury tax.

In other news, the Yankees will pay a $75,000 fine after an investigation by the New York State Lobbying Commission on giving complimentary tickets to public officials. Howard Rubenstein, the spokesman for owner George Steinbrenner, said the Yankees don't agree with commission's definition of lobbying and deny they did so, but "to satisfy a technical discrepancy and to ensure that there is no doubt of the Yankees' intention to be in full compliance," the Yankees agreed to amend certain reports filed and paid the $75,000.

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