George Steinbrenner, on his way out. I've spent twenty years hating the guy, but (naturally) I feel like there's a void in my life now that he's no longer attacking players, firing managers, and lobbing potshots at Boston fans. And I'm sure that if I owned the Red Sox, I'd probably be just as over-involved and over-the-top as Steinbrenner has always been with the Yankees. (Well, okay, hopefully not this over-the-top.) He's sabotaged as many dynasties as he's built, but unlike many owners you never doubted that he wanted to build them. In the end, there are worse qualities in an owner than being too big a fan of one's own team.
Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.