Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hank Steinbrenner: The Apple Does Not Fall Far from the Tree...

Well, Hank Steinbrenner has the family DNA and it's not too hard to see that apple does not fall far from the tree.

He's opened his mouth again, as he felt a tad disrespected by the words of Joe Torre last week as to why he felt the Yankees.

You don't think Hank has ego, you have to see what he says beloe.

From ESPN: Hank Steinbrenner, who has begun to take control over the New York Yankees with brother Hal from their fiery father George, shot back at former manager Joe Torre's comment about the team's contract offer being an "insult."

"Where was Joe's career in '95 when my dad hired him?" Hank Steinbrenner told The New York Post. "My dad was crucified for hiring him.

"Let's not forget what my dad did in giving him that opportunity -- and the great team he was handed," Steinbrenner told the paper.

I'm not going to argue with him there; however, the numbers don't lie, Joe was a winner and that helped him become an icon in New York. In the end, whether he might have got the credit because of his skill as a manager, or he had a world of talent on his teams, he walked out a winner.

Hank Steinbrenner believed the Yankees' offer was fair and that Torre needed to accept some of the blame for the team's zero championships since 2000.

"You can't take credit for success when you're going good, and then not take at least some of the blame when things change," Steinbrenner told the paper. "I'm sorry he feels insulted, but that was not the intent."

Hank Steinbrenner said he was hoping Torre would agree to manage the Yankees for a 13th season.

"I sincerely wanted Joe to accept that offer," said Steinbrenner. "We all wanted him to accept it, probably me more than anybody else."

"You don't make an offer bluffing. What if he says yes?" he added. "I was hoping he'd say yes."

Hank, no; you and the Yankee brass lowballed him in the negotiations. Honestly, the man has led the team to 12 playoffs and the "Yankee mission" statement is a tad unrealistic. Your Yankee teams in did not lose in spite of Joe Torre, you all lost because you had aging players, a lack of pitching, poor chemistry, and most of the teams who squared off against the organization at the point of time were better.

The Yankees became likable because of Torre, and now, the antics of the Yankee brass are making a proud and storied organization to into a joke.

1 comment:

The Lady said...

What he said isn't entirely untrue, even if I do disagree with him. It's just that he took so long to assert himself. He and his brother have made it look as if Randy Levine is calling the shots.

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