“I’m not worried about developing a legacy,” says Hank Steinbrenner, who has taken over his father’s franchise at a time when the club is building a new palace to replace historic Yankee Stadium, which is hosting the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
“Let’s see how long I do this,” he says. “I just want to win. That’s all I give a crap about, is winning. And that’s all I want my players to care about. I’m like my dad in that respect, I guess. But I’m more patient than he was. That’s for sure.”
“There’s a lot of excitement around here from the Rays fans, but almost to a point of arrogance,” he says. “They better be careful. They’ll learn this (expletive) can change real quick.”
The Yankees have been subsidizing the Rays and other teams with their revenue-sharing and luxury-tax payments, Steinbrenner says, so they should be thanking the Yankees.
“People in baseball know it, whether they want to admit it or not,” Steinbrenner says. “It helps everyone when the Yankees are good. The Red Sox, whether they’re good or not, doesn’t necessarily matter, nationally. … Let’s face it: The Yankees are baseball history. You’re talking about 26 championships.”
“I want to get back (to the World Series) again. We have to play the cards we were dealt. But if this hand doesn’t work out, we’ll do what we can in the offseason to get thing shaped up.
“We’ll be back.”
We’ll be back…