George Steinbrenner will "absolutely" be at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night, Hal Steinbrenner said last night.

"I think all these players are doing this for him," Hal said. "We want to win this whole thing for him. I think we feel like he's here being a big part of it."

George Steinbrenner, 79, has been in declining health in recent years and has not been at a game in the Bronx since the home opener in April.

"I can tell you he'll be excited to be here Wednesday night," Hal added. "That's for sure. It means a lot to him. It's been a lot of years. A lot of years. It's been six, and [Joe] Girardi has done a great job and we're all proud. The whole organization is proud of this team."

George Steinbrenner officially handed over the control of the Yankees to Hal last November.

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