I'm honestly not sure what to make of Hank Steinbrenner. Does he take himself seriously? Should we?
So far, he's made some outrageous proclamations this season and has backed down or off completely soon after making them. He makes threats that are simply idle in nature. He talks to seemingly hear himself quoted.
If you didn't remember, Cashman's in the final year of his contract. And now, Hank's talking like he's going to have the National Guard scrambled to handle the Yanks and their malaise.
Steinbrenner might have made a cryptic reference to Cashman’s future when he said, “If it’s not turned around this year, then it will be turned around next year, by force if we have to.”
By FORCE? Please, I hope there is someone --maybe it's his brother Hal-- who has the ability to speak rationally with Hank and get him to focus on the longer term health of this organization rather than the immediate future.
The Yanks might very well miss the post season this year, the first time since the early 90's. And you know what, it's not the end of the world. It might feel that way and it will certainly hurt. But, and I've said this many, many times before: If we honestly believe the long term health and direction of the team is strongly positive, then don't do anything to jeopardize that, and that includes dumping the architect.
Remember, an executive was quoted earlier this year, saying:
"Hey, I applaud Cashman for wanting to do it this way," one executive said. "I think those young guys will make it pay off in the long run, but I think they'll take a step back this year. There's always a price to pay for showing patience."