Let’s flash back to March of 1990, via the New York Times -
[George] Steinbrenner, meanwhile, spent the day signing autographs, greeting players and dodging questions regarding the situation involving Howard Spira.
But he did say that he would take steps to meet with Don Mattingly and his agent, Jim Krivacs, about a new contract this spring. Mattingly is in the final season of a three-year, $6.7 million contract.
Mattingly has said that if a deal is not signed by the end of camp, he will not discuss one until after the season concludes.
”I’m not going to let it sit,” Steinbrenner said. ”We’ll do our best to get together down here.”
So, what happened next? Sixteen days later, Mattingly got his contract – a great deal, indeed. See this, also via the Times -
Today, one day after becoming the richest player in baseball, nothing else has changed about Mattingly. He dressed and then worked out with the rest of his Yankee teammates when rain postponed their season opener against the Cleveland Indians. The game was not rescheduled and it will not affect the Yankee pitching plans. Tim Leary is scheduled to start Wednesday night, with Dave LaPoint pitching the home opener against the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Mattingly is glad that the deal, which will earn him $19.3 million over five years beginning in 1991, is finally done. And now he wants to end the talk about it.
”I’m not going to look at the papers for a few days,” he said this afternoon, ”because I don’t want to read about it. I’d rather let my playing do all the talking.”
Say what you want about Big Stein, but, back in the day, he was like Bacardi and Cola – he got the job done.