Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hankenstein Is On The Loose

Just when you thought it was safe to have a non controversial spring training Hank Steinbrenner materialized in Tampa and had plenty to say (as always).

Why did the Yankees struggled in 2010?

‘‘I think maybe they celebrated too much last year,’’ Steinbrenner said Monday from the Yankees’ spring-training facility in Tampa, Fla. ‘‘Some of the players, too busy building mansions and doing other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that.’’

When it was pointed out to Hank that Derek Jeter in fact did build a large mansion (which of course he already knew), son #1 said he wasn't singling anyone out.

The Yankees apparently also partied like it was 1999 and took 2010 for granted.

‘‘I was just saying maybe they were riding the wave of ’09 a little too much, and it happens sometimes,’’ Steinbrenner said.

Let's look at those who struggled last year. Derek Jeter doesn't need motivation from anyone but himself. He's always been a hungry ball player and when he no longer feels that hunger he'll walk away from the game.

Mark Teixeira is one of the hardest working men in show business. He had an awful start and middle, then he turned things around until injuries to his toe and thumb knocked down his offense again. His ALCS hamstring injury was the perfect ending to an imperfect season.

Curtis Granderson; a lot of adjustments coming to New York and he's not the first player to have a sub par first season in the Big Apple. He hit better after working with Kevin Long. This season will be a much truer test of Granderson's abilities.

Alex Rodriguez battled some injuries and didn't have his usual consistency...and he still drove in 125 runs.

A.J. Burnett's issues are well documented and go back for years. It certainly had nothing to do with "riding the wave".

Big Hank wasn't done though...he then blasted revenue sharing, comparing it to communism and socialism. Hank should get together with the guys from Fox News and they should all take a class on learning the difference between communism and socialism.

What Hank doesn't realize is that when his father spoke his words crashed down like a 2 ton block of cement. When Hank talks it has the impact of a feather.

Hank, this is dedicated to you...

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