Via George King -
George Steinbrenner didn’t have a lot to say upon entering George M. Steinbrenner Field yesterday to watch his grandson Robert Molloy play first base for Tampa Prep against Berkeley Prep. Nevertheless, it was more than his son, Hal, had to offer.
The Boss arrived at George M. Steinbrenner Field yesterday shortly after 3 p.m. and went to his suite above the first-base line. He was accompanied by an aide and daughter, Jessica, who is Molloy’s mother.
“I feel good,” The Boss said as he exited the elevator wearing his trademark sunglasses, and a Yankees windbreaker.
Asked by The Post if he had any horse tips, The Boss sharply said, “No horses.”
Manager Joe Girardi also was there.”It was neat watching The Boss’ grandson play while sitting with The Boss,” Girardi said.As for Hal, he visited Girardi yesterday morning in the manager’s office but didn’t make himself available to the media afterward.
When Hal Steinbrenner landed in Girardi’s office yesterday morning the media gathered outside waiting to hear his thoughts on the lame-duck status of three very big names in the Yankees’ universe [Girardi, Jeter and Rivera].
But Hal Steinbrenner used a remote exit into a hallway, one that forced him to go from the clubhouse to the field and up a hallway, and skirted the media without saying a word.
Hal might be a clone of his father, on the outside, but, inside he’s sooooo different from Big Stein.
There’s always been a part of me that that thinks, once their father passes, the Steinbrenner kids are going to sell the team and cash out.
Hank Steinbrenner will soon be 53-years old. He and his sister Jessica, who is 46, are more into Kinsman Farm and the family’s horse operation. Jessica’s husband, Felix Lopez, ten years her senior, is the Tobias Fünke of the family and basically has to go where he’s told. The real players here are Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Hal Steinbrenner. She’s 50 and he’s 41.
If Hal’s not really that into it, and basically doing this as a last attempt to impress his old man before he dies, I could see the others, all now in their 50′s or married to someone who’s in their late 50′s, twisting his arm into selling. And, then, Yankeeland, as we know it, will never be the same…