Monday, April 21, 2008

Hankie Pankie

Hank Steinbrenner has a big mouth just like his father, although he lacks the baseball knowledge and overall intelligence that Big Stein has always had. While Hank spent the past 20 years working on his families' horse farm and perfecting his "cool guy cigarette smoking technique," he was completely absent from front office decisions being made in Yankee land. Hank showed his ignorance during the offseason when he pushed heavily for the Yanks to unload a myriad of young talent in exchange for Johan Santana, who eventually landed in New York, but not in the Bronx. Now he is throwing first year manager Joe Giradi under the bus with his most recent statements regarding Joba Chamberlain: "I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now," Steinbrenner told the New York Times. "There is no question about it, you don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don't do that. You have to be an idiot to do that." Unfortunately there's only one idiot patrolling the halls at Yankee Stadium and while his name is Hank, he cannot be confused by any stretch of the imagination with a certain other Hank who held the all-time homerun record until last season.

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