I’m sensing a little bit of jealousy in the Yankee administration. I’m glad that Red Sox owner, John Henry, drew Hank Steinbrenner into our fan community. Maybe being a part of Red Sox Nation will knock some sense into him.
He should be knocked anyway, a hard knocking too, after what he said in a recent interview.
“Go anywhere in America, and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets,” Hank said. “This is Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”
First of all, last time I checked, it was baseball that was America’s pastime, not the Yankees. Sure, the Yankees have dominated for years. Their World Series train was halted in 2000, which was the last time they were champions.
Since then, the Red Sox appeared twice at that final step. They took home the crown in 2004, after a World Series drought of 86 years, and after a few changes to their roster, they celebrated again in 2007.
Maybe the lack of recent World Series victories for the Yankees was the reasoning behind Hank’s hateful comments. Not only was he spitting fire, his baby brother Hal Steinbrenner caught on to what it’s like to be in charge of such an egotistical franchise.
During an interview with GQ.com, Hal really let loose.
“The defending World Series champions have a lot of talent, and [have] done very well the past few years, but let me put it this way: I don’t think [they] wanted to play us in the ALCS,” Hal said. “So I will concede nothing. I think we’re better then [them].”
This brings me to my next point. Since when were we scared to play the Yankees? If you ask me, Red Sox vs. Yankees are the most exciting MLB games. Throw a trip to the World Series in the pot, and both teams are bound to show quite the performance.
We don’t want to play them? Pshh. Bring 'em on!
So, Steinbrenner brothers, until the Yankee ball club comes back up to Boston’s level, keep your comments to yourself. Don’t you have enough problems of your own?