Crazy King George
There is a good article on Steinbrenner's importance to MLB
on espn.com. I'm sure some of you have read it already, but I thought that I'd mention it here on yet another slow news day (unless you count the Yankees possibly signing Travis Lee news). The article doesn't really tell us anything that we don't already know. Most people hate Steinbrenner and how he throws money around. But, we Yankee fans argue, he's just sinking the money he makes on the Yankees back into the Yankees - that's the hallmark of a good owner. That, and he CARES about his team. It's not a money making team for him, it's a vehicle to increase his prestige.
With Steinbrenner turning 74 this summer, one associate says The Boss is less interested in wealth than his legacy.
"At this point, it's not about the money for George. He's working on his tombstone," is how the associate put it.
As for me, a lifetime Yankee fan, I've become relatively at peace with George. Is he going to do bonehead things (like sign Kenny Lofton)? Yeah, he sure is. But is he willing to dump more money into the team to sign more and better players? Hell yeah. It's a double edged sword. We Yankee fans view George similarly to how opposing GMs view him - he's good for baseball (the Yanks are the best road team draw in baseball), but he's still a pain in the neck who is also bad for baseball (by driving up salaries). They have to take the good with the bad. Just like us fans. The good with the bad. I know that my team's owner cares more about the Yankees winning the World Series than anything else. Does he want it to make him look good? What do I care? All I, as a fan, care about is that he is dedicated to winning. That's more than I can say for Carl Pohlad (who has WAY more money than George does) or some other owners (hello Commissioner Selig, I'm talking to you).
Back to the article. There are a couple good quotes that I'd like to share with you:
Said one GM, "the Yankees raise the salary level for good players, and make them impossible for other teams to afford them. The fact that the Yankees have the money to overpay for Tom Gordon or Steve Karsay to be setup men is totally unfair. No other team in the league can do that. And if the Yankees spend $4.5 million on Andy Morales and $17 million on Drew Henson and they're wrong, it should hurt them. But the Yankees brush it off. It would cripple most organizations."
Cashman has little sympathy with such thinking.
"You have only $50 million? Tough, find a way to win. That's your job," he said.
Ha! You tell 'em Brian! Cashman is completely aware that there are different ways to win in baseball. He's fully aware that Billy Beane wins as many, if not more, games during the season than the Yankees with less than 1/3 of the salary. GMs and owners around the league should put up or shut up. Stop bitching about having the short end of the stick and start figuring out how to win with the short end. It's your end of the stick, get over it and use it to your advantage.
Is George crazy? Yeah, of course. And he's probably getting crazier every passing day. Check out Bronx Banter and Alex's quick view of the article and George
posted by shawn
: 2/11/2004 10:41:00 PM -