An official statement from the Nationals and the Lerner Family on the passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died early Tuesday morning at age 80.

“The Washington Nationals and the Lerner Family are deeply saddened by the loss of George Steinbrenner – a monumental figure of the baseball world for more than 35 years.  He will be remembered as a driven competitor and champion, but also a man who gave much to the people and communities he loved.  George was a one of a kind owner, sports figure, and man.  He will be missed.  Our condolences go out to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and Yankees fans everywhere.”