Friday, September 26, 2008

Disclaimer needed

Let me set this straight: The whiny ramblings of Hank Steinbrenner do not, in any way, represent the thoughts and feelings of all Yankee fans. In fact, most Yanks fans I know and have spoken to about Hank find him to be a pathetic caricature of his father.

"The biggest problem is the divisional setup in major league baseball. I didn't like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now," Steinbrenner wrote. "Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn't fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we're not.

"This is by no means a knock on Torre - let me make that clear-but look at the division they're in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn't be in the playoff discussion. The AL East is never weak."

Wait, what was Hank doing in the '70's, besides probably partying with his Dad's allowance? He wasn't part of the team in any material way. So shut up, please. Seriously, shut up, stop making this inane proclaimations and directives and let your baseball people work on fixing the team without your interference.

Also, normally I discount anything by Jim Caple as the whining counterpoint to anything Hank/George says/does, but he and the other guys had some good fun poking Hank. And honestly, Hank deserves it.

1 comment:

dinologic (Dean D) said...

Ya know, I waver back and forth on this one. On one hand, I wish he would STFU, but on the other, there is some truth in what he says. I bring up the lack of competition in the NL all the time to my Met fan friends and on the heels of that, I'll point out that the AL East is clearly the toughest division in baseball. But when Hank says it, it just sounds like a rich guy complaining that the parking spaces are too small for his ginormous SUV. Or something.

Nice pic, BTW. ;)