Throughout the Steinbrenner era, the Yankees have been mostly known for two things: championships and controversy. Alex Rodriguez hasn't won a World Series ring in five seasons with the Yankees, but he is hardly the first individual in pinstripes to generate controversy. There are actually quite a few.
Here's a list, starting with the Boss himself. Feel free to add anyone.
George Steinbrenner: He paid notorious gambler Howie Spira money to dig dirt on Dave Winfield. This resulted in Steinbrenner being banished from baseball for life in 1990 by then-commissioner Fay Vincent. One year after Vincent resigned in 1992, Steinbrenner was reinstated. This resulted in one of the most memorable Sports Illustrated covers.
Billy Martin: He was hired and fired by Steinbrenner a bunch of times. Somehow, the two never came to blows. But throughout his managerial career with the Yankees, Martin was involved in altercations with players, fans, traveling secretaries, strip club bouncers, a cab driver and a marshmallow salesman. He called Steinbrenner a "convicted liar" for making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon's presidential campaign.
Reggie Jackson: If Steinbrenner was the owner of the Bronx Zoo and Martin was the zookeeper, Jackson was the main attraction. Reggie was the self-proclaimed straw that stirred the drink, which probably caused Martin to drink even more, and Jackson was in the middle of the growing rift between the manager and the owner.
Cliff Johnson: A backup catcher and DH, Johnson got into a brawl with reliever Goose Gossage in 1979 that forced the Yankees closer to miss nearly three months with a broken thumb. Later that season, Johnson was traded.
Ed Whitson: Generally regarded as the first free agent bust the Yankees signed, Whitson got into a fight with Martin in a hotel bar -- where else? -- and broke his manager's arm.
Dale Berra: He was among the players in baseball's cocaine scandal in the 1980s. Though he was playing for the Pirates when he admitted using it, Berra was a member of the Yankees during the case. His .230 average in 1985-86 didn't endear him to Yankees fans. Yogi's son had to donate a portion of his salary to drug-related programs.
Steve Howe: He had a substance abuse problem and kept getting chance after chance. Howe was suspended a total of seven times, the last as a member of the Yankees in 1992 at age 34. He couldn't say he was "young" and "naïve" like A-Rod.
Jack McDowell: In his only season with the Yankees, McDowell had a team-high 15 wins in 1995 to help the Yankees win the wild card. During the season after a rough outing, McDowell gave the middle finger to fans at Yankee Stadium crowd as he was being booed on his way to the dugout. Just like that he went from being "Black Jack" to the "Yankee Flipper".
David Wells: Not surprisingly, he was a Steinbrenner favorite and didn't get along with manager Joe Torre. Wells got into a fight with some guy name Rocco in a Manhattan dinner. In 2003, Boomer was fined by the Yankees for some disparaging comments that appeared in his autobiography. The name of the book is "Perfect I'm Not." It could have been called The Imperfect Yankee.
Jason Giambi: He was a likable guy and never came across as a fraud. So if he had said the reason that he used steroids and HGH was because he felt the pressure of living up to that hefty contract he got from the Yankees, people might have actually believed him.
Kevin Brown: He was one of several Yankees players named in the Mitchell Report. In what may have been a case of 'roid rage, Brown broke his hand by punching a wall late in the 2004 season. That didn't endear the hot-headed pitcher to Torre and his teammates. Neither did his pathetic performance in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.
Andy Pettitte: He was named in the Mitchell Report for receiving several injections of HGH in 2002. Pettitte acknowledged that, saying he used it to make an injury heal faster and that was the only time. He later admitted to using HGH in 2004. To his credit, he didn't say he misremembered.
Roger Clemens: The evidence continues to mount that he used performance-enhancing drugs while pitching for the Yankees. He's proof the bigger they are, the harder they fall.