• Hank: A-Rod’s Pressing, Yanks [Stunk], Changes Coming

    Posted by on August 28th, 2008 · Comments (18)

    Hank Stein showed up at Yankee Stadium last night. This is what he had to say before and after the game:

    Before, via ESPN.com -

    New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner made only his second appearance at Yankee Stadium this season on Wednesday and decided to weigh in on his team.

    He defended Alex Rodriguez, while offering a remedy for A-Rod’s problems hitting with runners in scoring position.

    “I’m not concerned,” Steinbrenner said, speaking to a small group of reporters outside Yankee Stadium prior to last night’s game between Boston and New York. “He is still young enough. He is going to have a lot of good years ahead of him. He just has to quit pressing.”

    “When he has a night like that, he is going to hear it from the crowd,” Steinbrenner said. “That’s the way it works. I’d rather have him than not have him.”

    After, via Newsday -

    Hank Steinbrenner once again proved he is his father’s son, ripping the Yankees last night after their 11-3 loss to the Red Sox.

    “The bottom line is, they sucked.”

    This marked only the second home game Steinbrenner has attended this season, and he expressed his extreme displeasure in what he witnessed during a brief interview on his way out.

    Mere minutes after the blowout loss was official, Steinbrenner emerged with various family members and security guards, stopped by the parking lot and said: “It’s very disappointing.”

    Told that this was the type of loss his father would have gone bonkers about as recently as a couple years ago, Steinbrenner waited for the question to finish, nodded and said: “Even without having our two best pitchers, so forth and so on, they still stunk. That’s the bottom line.”

    “I don’t know,” Steinbrenner said when asked if the Yankees are done. “All I can think about is this game at this point. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

    Before the game Steinbrenner vowed a busy offseason after this disappointing season, saying, “There’s going to be a lot going on this offseason. I promise you that.”

    Get used to this “A-Rod’s pressing. We suck. Changes coming.” routine. We could be hearing that a lot over the next nine years in Yankeeland – unless, indeed, changes are made.

    Comments on Hank: A-Rod’s Pressing, Yanks [Stunk], Changes Coming

    1. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 9:46 am

      Hank is a freakin’ loser. He’ll never shut up but, man, he desperately needs to see a shrink about his issues.

    2. OldYanksFan
      August 28th, 2008 | 10:25 am

      ARod’s career OPS is .968.
      ARod’s career RISP is .956.
      So his RISP is a little more then 1% lower then his OPS. I believe his head gets in the way of better ‘clutch’ performance, but his numbers hardly make him a chocker.

      Also, RUNNERS ON is a more important stat then RISP. from 2005-2007:

      OPS: 1.005
      RISP: 0.988
      RISP/2 Out: 1.048
      R/O: 1.022
      BasesLoader: 1.426

      Gtanted, 2004 and 2008 were bad ‘clutch’ years. But over his career, he is basically the same in the ‘clutch’ numbers.

    3. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 10:29 am

      “There’s going to be a lot going on this offseason. I promise you that.”
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      Should be fun to watch, if Hank has the same player evaluation skills his father had :)

    4. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 10:34 am

      “Hank is a freakin’ loser. He’ll never shut up but, man, he desperately needs to see a shrink about his issues.”

      so Hank speaks honestly, so that means that he’s got issues so he needs to make a shrink?

      this really makes sense?

    5. August 28th, 2008 | 10:52 am

      Oh, MJ’s just a “Hank Hater”…

      Just like I’m a Cashman and Hughes hater…

      J/K MJ ;-) xxoo

    6. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 10:54 am

      ha! fair enough, steve.

    7. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:13 am

      TurnTwo, Hank runs his mouth every few minutes or so and says nothing constructive or helpful. He makes vague threats, empty promises, and releases tons of hot air.

      Yes, I hate him. But I’m finding that perhaps hate is too strong an emotion. I was fearful that he’d be a lot like his dad in making rash, misguided, and reactionary decisions. I’m slowly finding out that he’s only partially like his dad; he loves to hear himself talk but he doesn’t have the courage to follow up on those words. Instead of hate, I’m merely embarrassed for him. He’s making himself look like a jackass every time he blabs…

    8. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:27 am

      “Instead of hate, I’m merely embarrassed for him. He’s making himself look like a jackass every time he blabs…”

      yeah, i was going to say, while he speaks alot, what has he done thus far to show anyone that he thinks and acts irrationally, and that his actions would bring down the franchise as we know it?

      i dont think you have to worry about being embarrassed for him. for me, i love the way he wears his heart and emotions on his sleeve. reminds me of a fan’s reaction moreso than an owner’s reaction.

    9. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:58 am

      reminds me of a fan’s reaction moreso than an owner’s reaction.
      ——————————
      That’s scary, given how many fans are poorly informed and frighteningly reactionary.

    10. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:27 pm

      Hank did speak the truth, even though he’s a rabble rouser. The fans need the reassurance that ownership actually cares. All we hear is silence from the real boss, Hal, and GM newsspeak from Cashman every once and awhile. Hank sounds like a fanboy BUT he’s sounds like a Mini-Me version of George, too. AS crazy and out there as George is/was, Yankee fans still want that fire and brimstone from on high. Hal is doing an Uncle Scrooge counting the money and Hank is the goofy/George Steinbrenner Lite. It makes for good theater……..

    11. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:31 pm

      “That’s scary, given how many fans are poorly informed and frighteningly reactionary.”

      yeah, but lets get real. there is a difference between ignorance and wearing your heart on your sleeve.

      butchie’s got it right. its nice to be reassured that ownership still cares.

      and in the end, we watch baseball, and follow the yankees, because we love the game, want to be entertained, and because they’ve always maintained a commitment to giving their fans to field the best team possible.

      hank, so far, has certainly been entertaining, no? unless you take things too seriously, in which case you should remember… its just a game.

    12. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:42 pm

      butchie’s got it right. its nice to be reassured that ownership still cares.

      hank, so far, has certainly been entertaining, no? unless you take things too seriously, in which case you should remember… its just a game.
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      Do fans in Boston worry that ownership doesn’t care? John Henry rarely speaks but I’d bet Red Sox fans don’t wish they’d get better theater and entertainment value out of their owner’s box.

      Bottom line, the owner’s role should be to invest in the product and to make the team as successful as possible. All the talking, outward expressions of emotion, or anything else of that nature is counterproductive and window dressing.

    13. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 1:02 pm

      The fans need the reassurance that ownership actually cares.
      ——————-
      Do you remember the 80′s? I have no doubts that Steinbrenner cared, but his actions were counterproductive to say the least.

    14. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 1:03 pm

      “Bottom line, the owner’s role should be to invest in the product and to make the team as successful as possible.”

      isnt that what they do? yes.

      “All the talking, outward expressions of emotion, or anything else of that nature is counterproductive and window dressing.”

      so showing any emotion is bad?

      and why is it then ok for a fan, who really has absolutely nothing but personal feeling invested in a sports team expected and good, but an owner, who literally has hundreds of millions of dollars invested in the team, along with everything that goes along with that team (personal relationships with players and personnel, desire to win/competitiveness, etc) who shows emotion about that team’s performance is wrong?

      really, entertainment is a personal preference. you obvious wish Hank was like John Henry, while i like to hear the owner speak out. we can agree to disagree there.

      but its not counterproductive.

    15. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 1:03 pm

      Do you remember the 80’s? I have no doubts that Steinbrenner cared, but his actions were counterproductive to say the least.
      ———————————
      Bingo.

    16. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 1:05 pm

      “Do you remember the 80’s? I have no doubts that Steinbrenner cared, but his actions were counterproductive to say the least.”

      George? yeah, ill buy that.

      Hank (and Hal)? remains to be seen, but he hasnt done anything yet to make me think that what Hank says in public is counterproductive to the team winning.

    17. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 3:16 pm

      The fans need assurance that ownership cares especially when a team is down. The Yankees are on the verge of being a 4th place team, would you rather hear Hal talk about the slim profit margin because of the Nady/Marte/Pudge trades adding more money to payroll and therefore reducing margins OR Hank acting like he gives a rat’s ass?

      As for John Henry, Henry is an egghead and hardly knows how to speak eloquently anyway. He has no reason to speak , when his team is performing so well since he took over. His team has Bill James and the Yankees have golden thongs and ghosts, do you want him to comment on that?

    18. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 3:52 pm

      The Yankees are on the verge of being a 4th place team, would you rather hear Hal talk about the slim profit margin because of the Nady/Marte/Pudge trades adding more money to payroll and therefore reducing margins OR Hank acting like he gives a rat’s ass?
      —————-
      I’d rather they STFU. They’ve got nothing to say that I want to hear. They hired baseball people, let them do their jobs.

      If you want to show that you “give a rat’s ass” talk is cheap, do something about it.

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