For all of those who hate the Wilpons—even those who hated them BEFORE the Madoff scandal broke and re-broke recently—we have a vivid example of how things could possibly be even worse.
According to sources all over the sports world, Hank Steinbrenner actually said the following today, clearly referring to Derek Jeter: “Some of the players are too busy building mansions and doing other things, not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that.”
Ah, start the spring with a public rebuke of the clear leader of your team, the heart and soul of some of the greatest Yankee teams in history, a player who is perhaps as close to being beyond reproach as any player in the game today.
Jeter apparently built a massive new home over the last couple of years. Regardless, Hank Steinbrenner, to quote Ann Richards, was clearly born with a silver foot in his mouth. Jeter may now be overpaid, he may no longer truly be a Gold Glove shortstop, but even the most ardent Yankee hater must admit that this is a player who truly wants to win and hustles like few of his peers.
George Steinbrenner was not born poor, but he did work hard and build what he was born into into something much, much larger. His son Hank proves once again that he is sort of like a much more obnoxious version of his father, but without the long list of achievements.
We can all be grateful that Jeff Wilpon does not open his mouth in the manner in which Hank Steinbrenner does.
And the card playing issue resurfaces.
According to the NY Post, Terry Collins made it clear that there will be a cut-off time when it comes to pre-game card playing.
Hmm, was this an issue after all?
Decide for yourself fellow Met fanatics.
David Wright, as he always does when not conversing on the field with Larry Bowa, said all the right things, in his non-confrontational style. But did he deny that there is a load of card-playing going on when other teams might have actually been on the field working? He sure did not.
“You are talking about a bunch of grown men, where this is what they do for a living,” Wright said. “If they are going to let a card game get in the way of what they do for a living or their profession, then you have bigger issues than that.”
BINGO! Precisely why Terry Collins was hired.
To this writer, this is yet another sign that the right man may have indeed been chosen for the job.
Was Collins perhaps a tad quick to criticize Castillo for being late to camp due to family health issues? Maybe he was. But being quick to issue discipline and tough opinions is most definitely what this team needs and needs badly after the cruise-control, country club vibe of 2010.
A special shout-out to my friend and colleague Rusty Jr., for his continuing amazing series on the Top 50 Mets of All-Time.
Every morning we are given a new topic to debate, a new player to learn about, another name crossed off as we approach the very top of the list.
Thanks to Rusty for taking what must have been a truly mammoth amount of time to put together this piece of work, which is helping our modest blog gain even more respect.
To paraphrase our wise leader TRS, Rusty is carrying us all on his broad Le Grande Orange shoulders.
And let’s hope the top three are in the order they should be—Tom, Keith, and Mike, 1-2-3.