From the AP -
Hank Steinbrenner on the AL pennant race: “We’re one of the five best, and no nobody really knows who’s better than who at this point. There’s Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, there’s Anaheim, and there might be a couple others as well. … With (Johan) Santana, we’d be the favorite right now. I’d like to win it this year. But we had a have a chance, and it will only get better.”
With Santana, we’d be the favorite right now.
I wonder who Hank is saying this to when he says it? Hmmm…
Update, Feb. 16, 2008: More from Hank on this – from John Harper:
You can tell it is eating at Hank Steinbrenner already that he didn’t turn a deaf ear to GM Brian Cashman and make the trade for Johan Santana that his gut was telling him to make.
Just mention Santana to Hank and you can practically hear the gnashing of teeth. Friday, for example, after admitting to our Yankees beat writer, Mark Feinsand, that he was always in favor of making the trade, Hank issued what could be interpreted as a warning of sorts:
“Hopefully,” he said, “that’s not a move we should have made that I’m going to be (ticked off) about.”
…Hank issued what could be interpreted as a warning of sorts…
Nice to see I’m not the only one seeing it this way.