It seems every two weeks, the Yanks present someone with an ultimatum. Today is no different! Hank Steinbrenner, who above all things is hilarious, lets the world know that he’s not joking…again:
"I’m not going to be played against the Red Sox. That’s not
something I’ll do. That’s not something the Yankees should ever do,
and that’s I think what they’re trying to do now," Yankees senior
vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Sunday. "So if they want the
best offer that has been offered to them, then they need to make up
It’s simple. I told you I loved you and the rest is bullsh*t! Either you believe me or I move on. (And there she left me, alone and cold on the Quad lawn. I listened to bad Emo the rest of the weekend in my dorm room, curled up in a ball.)
Hank being Hank doesn’t stop there. And the following quotation is the most interesting part of the article in my opinion:
"We’ll see how it goes, but this is not an act. It’s not a
bluff. It’s just reality," he said. "Because as much as I want
Santana, and you can make that clear — for his sake, to know that I
do want him — but the fact is that I’m not going to play the game.
We’ve made them the best offer. And at this point, it’s not going
to get any better. So they can decide. At this point, it’s up to
them. I don’t think they want to lose us in this thing, obviously.
Nobody wants to lose the Yankees in a negotiation." (Bold is mine)
Now this is what I want to know here. Is Hank sending Santana a subliminal message? Presumably Santana already knows that the Yanks and Sox want him. But is Hank The Great’s point, the fact that he wants Santana to know of the Yanks’ desire, to tell him that Hank will blow away any team with the extension he’d give to Santana? Is this tampering in any way? Is Hank telling Johan, Even if you’re traded to the Sox, you’d be wise to use that NTC?
Hank Steinbrenner just might be crazy like a fox. Or he might just talk a lot.