Perhaps in order to keep threads from being sidetracked, we could keep this thread going? If not, mods, then take me as I am and do what you want with me.
Anyways, onward we go:
So basically, Hank appears to be insinuating that the Yankees are too good to ever engage in a bidding war with the Red Sox. Is this something he honestly believes? Will it affect his transactions in the future? If, in 2010, the Giants entertain a deal from the Sox for Lincecum, will Hank blow a gasket and refuse to enter negotiations? I doubt it, so what the hell is he trying to prove here?
"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 their minds."
More importantly, is it smart for Hank to treat teams he is currently negotiating with like he is treating the Twins now and to do so on a public forum? From many accounts, Theo is a guy that other GMs enjoy talking and working with. I honestly would not be surprised if Hank alienates himself within 5 years from the GM/ownership community. Obviously, that doesn't mean that the Yankees empire will crumble, but you do have to wonder if there will be teams that are less willing to negotiate with him in the future.
"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."
This quote is pretty nonsensical. On the one hand, he has told the Twins that he is done negotiating. On the other hand, he claims that the Twins do not want to lose the Yankees in negotiations (nobody does) so they should just...accept his offer? Anyone?
"We need to get things straightened out, and not wait around for them to run back to Boston and back to us, and then back to Boston," he said. "I'm not going to do that."
Again, back to the point about alienating other GMs/owners. That's how baseball works, Hank. Haggling is the job of all GMs, including your own.
Oh, and He is not going to do that.
These are but a taste of Hank to date. He's had gems on A-Rod not have a Yank-Rod out of the womb like Jeter, owning Scott Boras (who is currently negotiating the biggest contract in the history of sports with...Hank Steinbrenner), and I am sure that there are others I am forgetting.
I have to give the guy credit, though. He may not be the most schrewd businessman or the most well-spoken guy walking around, but he sure as heck is entertaining.
Love live Hank Steinbrenner and his glorious edicts! Let us be the scribes of his perpetual wisdom.
Edited by SplendidlySplitHer, 03 December 2007 - 01:33 AM.