• As The Tampa Meetings Turn…

    Posted by on October 16th, 2007 · Comments (1)

    Via Newsday

    The Yankees meeting to decide Joe Torre’s fate took place at George Steinbrenner’s south Tampa mansion, but no decision is expected today.

    Yankees spokesman Howard Rubenstein released the following statement:

    “The meetings are adjourned for tonight. There have been no decisions made, nor will there be any comment today. The meetings will resume tomorrow.”

    I’ve been doing what I do for a living now for the last 22 years. It’s not my passion. But, for the most part, I’ve been told that I do an above average job of it, and, it pays the bills (most of the time).

    Still, man, do I want Howard Rubenstein’s job. Seriously, how hard can it be?

    And, by the way, at what point did the baseball team that I grew up rooting for become this entity that releases statements on nothing happening via a hired P.R. spokesperson? It’s crazy.

    The United Nations and the Pentagon should have a spokesperson. Pop stars should have spokespersons. Heck, I can even see a professional sports league having a spokesperson. But, a baseball team? It’s just strange.

    I liked the old days better when the owner, G.M., and/or manager did the talking for the team – and you heard it from their mouth. That’s baseball. Or, at the least, that’s the way it used to be…

    Comments on As The Tampa Meetings Turn…

    1. brockdc
      October 17th, 2007 | 2:06 am

      Nothing really to add here other than I’m in complete agreement. Over the past decade or so, seemingly every facet of the organization has become glossier, less fan friendly, and more corporate(hell, the players are walking corporations in and of themselves). Don’t get me wrong, I still love my team; but I do find myself pining for the days of White, Scooter, and Messer calling games on a grainy WPIX.

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