TAMPA - If you were wondering which one of the Steinbrenner son’s was a chip off the old block, the meter now swings decisively in Hank Steinbrenner’s favor.
Hank had a few things to say today to the Associated Press .
For one, he thought his team celebrated too long after their 2009 World Series Championship.
Steinbrenner said,” Some of the players were too busy building mansions and doing other things, and not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that.”
Wonder who he was referring to on that mansion part?
I just think Hank is jealous. He’s also throwing a shot across the bow at teams that can’t make money in the league.
Hankie isn’t happy with this revenue sharing setup, and certainly not the luxury tax. Steinbrenner said he doesn’t know the exact figures, but he figures the Yankees are going to get zapped for around $130 million in 2010 payments to the league.
Hank said, “We've got to do a little something about that, and I know Bud wants to correct it in some way," Steinbrenner said. "Obviously, we're very much allies with the Red Sox and the Mets, the Dodgers, the Cubs, whoever in that area."
"At some point, if you don't want to worry about teams in minor markets, don't put teams in minor markets, or don't leave teams in minor markets if they're truly minor," Steinbrenner said. "Socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer."
In other words, all you teams out there that can’t make a go of it in your small little market- have a nice life.
That’s a shot at us, and the Rays.
Hank, I liked your dad, and I like Hal. You, I’ve never met. I can understand your dissatisfaction with making those yearly payments.
Tell you what, let’s cut out all the teams that you pony up for, kick them to the curb and you go play ball.
Good luck on your television contract, good luck on your fan interest. Better yet, why don’t your Yankees and Mets play 162 games against each other in your own league?
Get your head out of the sludge of New York City. Maybe you haven’t heard, but there’s a big problem with jobs out there. Maybe you haven’t heard the unemployment rate stinks.
Maybe you haven’t heard, we don’t give a @#% how miffed you are about paying $130 million back to the little guys.
If you’re paying $130 million, how much did you make in 2010, the year your players took a post-season siesta?
We’re trying down here Hank. Heck you should know. You spent most of your life looking at a horses @#$ up at your dad’s horse farm in Ocala.
How’s Ocala doing now?
I’ll tell you what Hank - If your Yankees don’t pulverize the Rays this season because of the payroll difference, then quit your whining.
You spend that money because you got the money. You’re the whale in a pool of guppies.
Whales have a blow hole, and so do you. Don’t be knocking the little guy in baseball.
You are insulting me and the rest of the Tampa Bay region.