Last night, I was watching Brian Cashman being interviewed by Ducis Rodgers on CBS’ Sports Sunday and Cashman was saying things like: “…We’re a work in progress…we’ll see…it’s about the next 5 to 10 years…” Clearly, Brian was sending the message that his plan for the Yankees is a long-term one rather than a concern on this season.
But, it sounds like Hank Stein is in the win-now and all-or-nothing mode. Via Kat O’Brien -
Hank Steinbrenner told Newsday yesterday that if the decision not to trade for Johan Santana comes back to haunt the Yankees this season, someone will have to answer for it.
“It’s clear that if we don’t get the job done this year,” Steinbrenner said in a phone interview, “if Santana could have made the difference for us and the young pitchers aren’t ready, people have to be held accountable.”
Steinbrenner isn’t concerned so much about the regular season; he believes the Yankees can reach the playoffs without Santana. He also believes they could win the World Series without Santana, but he knows the postseason is where Santana’s absence might be most sorely felt.
Said Steinbrenner: “If we get to the playoffs and we’re missing that kind of pitcher and that could have made a difference, I’m not going to be happy about it, and neither is my dad.”
Are these two reading from the same playbook? Doesn’t seem that way to me.