Via the Daily News -
Hank Steinbrenner is already looking to the future.
Speaking Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the part-owner of the Yankees said he believes the Yankees will be defending their World Series championship come October.
“I think were doing great considering Andy’s (Pettitte) out and a couple of other problems,” Steinbrenner said. “Obviously, were in the toughest division by far in baseball. So its going to be a struggle down to the wire. We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured were going to get the playoffs, then its a matter of what we do from there.”
While Steinbrenner has been known to talk more freely in the past, he chose not to address the topic of Joe Girardi’s future as Yankee manager. Girardi’s contract expires at the end of the season and there has been speculation that he would be coveted by the Cubs to replace recently retired Lou Piniella.
Steinbrenner added that he expects Pettitte and injured slugger Alex Rodriguez to be fine as they work toward rejoining the team.
When asked about his father and what life has been like since his passing on July 13, Steinbrenner started his answer by saying he didn’t want to start tearing up, but talked about how it was a hard time for him because of his relationship with his father.
He also commended fans for the support they have shown him and his family since his fathers passing.
“Obviously the fans have been great,” Steinbrenner told the Daily News. “We got a lot of letters, condolence cards, sympathy cards from fans, probably more than anyone else.”
“We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured were going to get the playoffs, then its a matter of what we do from there.’
Sounds like Hankie figures the Yanks to back in to the dance via the ‘card – but doesn’t care as long as the win it all in the end. Then again, these days, in Yankeeland, should we even be concerned about what Hank cares about?