John Henry statement re: A-Rod trade. Fire away!
You know, say what you want about Henry’s comments, which to me are a bit off the mark and a little sour, but is it possible for George Steinbrenner to leave undignified press releases to others, to take the high road for once? Does it occur anywhere within his megalomaniacal brain that if he leaves Henry’s comments hanging out there then Henry looks, well, not so great? Instead, he has to up the ante (or lower the level of debate) and release his own moronic statement, revealing, once again, what a classless pig he is.
And I wonder, how exactly does George calculate that expanding a payroll to 125M by signing Foulke and trading for Schilling (earning a collective 21M), but not A-Rod too isn’t “going the extra distance”. That statement only goes to prove how right Henry might actually be, upon deeper reflection. When a team that spends as much as the Red Sox do is petulantly and insultingly dismissed by the Yankees as basically not trying hard enough, it says something about the accusing party’s frame of reference. He might just be right, this sour John Henry, in observing the insanity of the system.
Interesting, too, that Steinbrenner automatically assumes a move not made is a mistake – that’s an unwitting but enlightening piece of personal psychology mixed up with some relatively simplistic and unscientific baseball sense.
Here’s a part of the Boss’ release:
“Unlike the Yankees, he chose not to go the extra distance for his fans in Boston,” Steinbrenner said of Henry. “It is understandable, but wrong that he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes on to others and to a system for which he voted in favor. It is time to get on with life and forget the sour grapes.”
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