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The New York Yankees will hold a memorial for their late owner, George Steinbrenner, before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.

I'm going to hazard a guess that Bill "Spaceman" Lee will not be among those in attendance. 

From WEEI:

"As far as Steinbrenner's passing? Good," Lee said in an interview with New Hampshire TV station WMUR.

Added Lee: "Trust me, if hell freezes over, he'll be skating."

Lee, who spent 10 of his 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox and took part in a number of heated battles vs. Steinbrenner's Yankees in the mid-1970s, claimed that Steinbrenner tried to have him banned from baseball.

"He said I was an incompetent and I was bad for the game of baseball," Lee recalled. "Well, I'm not a convicted felon like George Steinbrenner, and he'll take that to his grave."

Gee, Spaceman, why don't you tell us how you really feel?

As Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra notes, Lee's comments go just a bit further than an honest attempt to portray the totality of a man when he graduates to the owner's box in the sky. Bringing up the "h-e-double hockey sticks" word? Not cool at all. 

Then again, what do you expect from an oddball character like Lee, who said he once had a hallucination of The Boss entering his hotel room through a window on the 38th floor?

Also, for whatever it's worth, I don't think Lee was the first guy to go there. Check out this pull-no-punches take on Steinbrenner from some guy over in England.  

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