Monday, June 16, 2008
Fun with Hank
One of the more unexpected, yet pleasant surprises this year has been the emergence of Hank Steinbrenner as the new blowhard voice of the New York Yankees.
It's June the 16th, and we've already had about 2 years worth of innane quotes, a hilarious lack of understanding of the game of baseball, and the worse haircut I've seen since Gomer Pyle USMC ruled the airwaves.
Among other things, he's been quoted as asking Alex Rodriguez if he wanted to be remembered as a Yankee or a Toledo Mud Hen during contract negotiations and saying King George didn't get enough "respect" from Joe Torre. A baseball lifer not appreciating the fact his rich, over bearing, belligerent owner didn't respect his managing style? How dare Torre not listen to his suggestions, which I'm sure included batting Jeter in the 4 hole and letting him pitch the 8th inning.
Hank also got his knickers in a knot in Spring Training after a dust up with the Rays. Apparently, the delicate flowers known as the New York Yankees don't like to have to mix it up with inferior opponents. To quote Hank: "I don't want these teams in general to forget who subsidizes a lot of them, and it's the Yankees, the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mets...I would prefer if teams want to target the Yankees that they at least start giving some of that revenue sharing and luxury tax money back"
And yes. He's serious.
But in one instance, he went too far. Hank decided to chime in on Red Sox Nation, which is sort of like throwing a gas can on a small fire; if you don't watch out, it can turn into a roaring inferno.
Keep it up, Hank. The next 10 years are gonna make the George Steinbrenner/Billy Martin years seem like Nirvana for MFY fans worldwide.