Rumors of his demise have been greatly exagerated. George Steinbrenner, seen recently at the Trop in Tampa, is alive and most certainly kicking. Actually, according to the Boss himself, he is “doing all right.” And so it would seem. Taking a page from his old playbook, George gifted an interview to the Bergen Record (take that Post, News, and Times!) during which he announced, appropos of Joe Torre: “His job is on the line. I think we’re paying him a lot of money. He’s the highest-paid manager in baseball, so I don’t think we’d take him back if we don’t win this series.” As Cliff Corcoran notes on the Banter, there’s some wiggle room in there with that “think,” but it hardly seems the Boss was parsing carefully, and he’s been known to change his mind regardless. As for Alex, it seems he’s wanted, probably: “I think we’ll re-sign him. I think he’s going to have a good run the rest of the (postseason). I think he realizes New York is the place to be, the place to play. A lot of this (postseason) is laying on his shoulders, you know, but I think he’s up to it.” Got that Boras? So, yes, George has managed to redirect the spotlight on himself, where it most assuredly does not belong, while making a difficult day all the moreso for his employees. Classic Steinbrenner.
So, now that this is out of the way, Baseball. The Yanks hope to stave off elimination this evening, and they do it with The Rocket himself on the mound. This is why he was acquired. It’s a great drama on the biggest stage. Will he be up to it, after the long layoff? What do the baseball gods have in store? What does Joe Torre have in store? Lineups have yet to be posted, but we suspect Jason Giambi to start, in the hopes of lifting what has been an anemic Yankee offense over the past two games. Jake Westbrook takes the hill for the Indians. Can the Yanks get to him before the locusts arrive? We’re spraying ourselves down with a good coating of Cutters, and settling in for a day of baseball. Let’s Go Yanks!