• Hank: Yanks Fat Cat Strut Act Needs To Go

    Posted by on May 14th, 2008 · Comments (12)

    Via Kevin Kernan -

    HANK Steinbrenner had a message yesterday for his Yankees: Gentlemen, it’s time to get your act together.

    “We’ve got to forget about all the injuries and start playing our butts off,” Steinbrenner told The Post. The Yankees were buried by the Rays on Monday. These are difficult days for Joe Girardi’s club.

    “The bottom line is that the team is not playing the way it is capable of playing,” Steinbrenner said. “These players are being paid a lot of money and they had better decide for themselves to earn that money.”

    “We have good professional hitters and I have a lot of faith in them,” Steinbrenner said from Tampa. As for the team in general, he noted, “I’m not saying they are not giving the effort, but they need to be playing harder.”

    He then paid the much-improved Rays a compliment, saying, the Yankees have “got to start playing the way the Rays are playing. (The Yankees) need to start treating it like when they were younger players and going after that big contract, like they’re in (Triple-A) and trying to make the majors. That’s the kind of attitude and fire the players have to have.

    “There’s no question we need to turn it around and we have the talent to turn it around. We’ve got the team in place, and now they just have to go out and do it.

    “This is going to get turned around,” Steinbrenner said. “If it’s not turned around this year, then it will be turned around next year, by force if we have too.”

    …I’m not saying they are not giving the effort, but they need to be playing harder…

    …need to start treating it like when they were younger players and going after that big contract, like they’re in (Triple-A) and trying to make the majors. That’s the kind of attitude and fire the players have to have…

    What’s that line about this game of baseball being only one-half skill?

    Comments on Hank: Yanks Fat Cat Strut Act Needs To Go

    1. mehmattski
      May 14th, 2008 | 8:20 am

      So they need to show some heart, but Joba and Cano can’t show emotion? Sorry, but you gotta pick one or the other.

      I was afraid you were going to post about how Jeter showed too much emotion by smiling and raising both arms over his head when Matsui hit his homer last night…

      …Heart isn’t going to prevent Alberto Gonzales from swinging at the first pitch and driving it into the ground for an inning-ending double play…

    2. May 14th, 2008 | 8:28 am

      You can play hard, with emotion, and desire…without showing up the other team as well. The two states can exist at the same time.

    3. MJ
      May 14th, 2008 | 8:46 am

      Playing with emotion won’t make the team’s offense gain consistency and won’t help the team’s pitching throw more quality innings.

    4. MJ
      May 14th, 2008 | 8:50 am

      “This is going to get turned around,” Steinbrenner said. “If it’s not turned around this year, then it will be turned around next year, by force if we have too.”
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      Vague threats by the fat idiot that inherited daddy’s team and daddy’s miserable personality. What does this mean? He’ll fire Joe Girardi? He’ll hire a GM like Woody Woodward? He’ll trade Hughes/Kennedy for this generation’s equivalent of Rick Rhoden?

    5. May 14th, 2008 | 9:10 am

      …then it will be turned around next year, by force if we have too…

      I took that to mean there will be wide-spread changes next season if this level of play continues for the rest of the year.

    6. Raf
      May 14th, 2008 | 9:40 am

      I took that to mean there will be wide-spread changes next season if this level of play continues for the rest of the year.
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      Given the number of potential Yankee free agents, I’d say there’ll be wide-spread changes regardless…

    7. May 14th, 2008 | 10:18 am

      I’m pretty sure that he also meant changes in the front office and coaching staff.

    8. Rich
      May 14th, 2008 | 11:02 am

      He can’t do anything without Hal’s assent, and we don’t know what Hal thinks.

    9. Raf
      May 14th, 2008 | 11:06 am

      I’m pretty sure that he also meant changes in the front office and coaching staff.
      ———-
      Ah…

      “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

    10. MJ
      May 14th, 2008 | 1:18 pm

      I’m pretty sure that he also meant changes in the front office and coaching staff.
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      Considering the coaching staff (save Tony Pena) is all new, I don’t see what blaming the coaches would accomplish.

      Like I said, this is what Yankee fans are doomed to: another 30 years of an obese, pin-headed tyrant who prefers to issue threats in the media. Wonderful.

    11. Don
      May 14th, 2008 | 2:32 pm

      Vague threats by the fat idiot that inherited daddy’s team and daddy’s miserable personality. What does this mean? He’ll fire Joe Girardi? He’ll hire a GM like Woody Woodward? He’ll trade Hughes/Kennedy for this generation’s equivalent of Rick Rhoden?

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      Exactly, and by force too! Can we all say it together? F_O_R_C_E — FORCE. That’s right boys and girls, F_O_R_C_E

      Prince Hal, watch your back.

      A few more weeks of this from Hankenstein and I will turn the team off. At least the father bought the team [majority]. And built it up, this guy is intolerable.

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