• Hank To N.L.: Grow-Up & Join The 21st Century

    Posted by on June 16th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Hank Stein reacts to Wang’s injury. Via the AP

    “My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century,” [Hank] Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “They need to grow up and join the 21st century.

    “Am I (mad) about it? Yes,” Steinbrenner added. “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”

    “This is always a concern of American League teams when their pitchers have to run the bases and they’re not used to doing it,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. It probably should be a concern for National League owners, general managers and managers when their pitchers run the bases. Pitchers have enough to do without having to do that.”

    Another instant classic from Hank.

    Comments on Hank To N.L.: Grow-Up & Join The 21st Century

    1. June 17th, 2008 | 12:14 am

      This whole season i was thinking whos crazier hank or his dad. as time went on i just thought that hank was doing things to seem like his dad. but after i read this its not even something i should waste my time thinking about any more… hands down hank takes it. I something think that hank says things without thinking because i just dont know what the hell is wrong with him just because it worked for your dad. i understand you want to win no matter what and you have to take care of your guys but come on you cant question the one thing that made this sport what it is now… think hank think

    2. straylightrise
      June 17th, 2008 | 5:26 am

      I love how ESPN instantly branded Hank an ‘ass’ before the 2008 season even really began.

      But when you actually look at it all he’s doing is being a visible owner. And fans do like that because fans want their owner to be the #1 fan. Hence why Mavs fans like Cuban, Dallas fans like Jones, etc.

    3. MJ
      June 17th, 2008 | 8:50 am

      …fans do like that because fans want their owner to be the #1 fan…
      I’m not sure I agree. I don’t think all fans like it, nor do I think that Hank and Cuban can necessarily be put in the same category. Cuban is a hyperactive guy but most of his outbursts seem to be constructive criticisms of the game. He pushed for a more innovative approach to statistical analysis in basketball and he wanted to make sure that officiating in the NBA had a level of transparency that — as we’re finding out now with the Donaghy scandal — was above reproach.

      I don’t see the Hank/Cuban connection at all, to be honest with you.

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