Hal Steinbrenner says he’s “frustrated” by Yankees’ slide
Hal Steinbrenner admits to being “frustrated” by the Yankees’ recent swoon, but the club’s managing general partner told the New York Post that he still expects a winning performance down the stretch.
Steinbrenner spoke to the newspaper during Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, a defeat that – coupled with the Orioles’ 12-0 victory over the Blue Jays – ensured the Yankees woke up on Wednesday morning sharing first place with Baltimore.
“We’re all frustrated,” Steinbrenner said. “The fans are frustrated. I know that. We all expect great things out of these guys. We’ve had injuries all year long. We’re not the only team, but we’ve had our share. Each time, they push through.
“The fans and my family, we expect them to push through now. I’m sure they will. But it’s a little frustrating, no doubt.”
The Yankees are 19-25 since July 18, when they held a 10-game lead in the American League East; no Yankees club has ever held a double-digit advantage and missed the postseason.
Steinbrenner told the Post that, despite the skid, the jobs of both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are not in jeopardy.
“No, not at all,” Steinbrenner said. “Look, you start to get back into it, and someone else gets hurt. [Aug. 27], when Tex [Mark Teixeira] goes down [with a left calf injury], look, that’s got to be hard. They’re looking forward to Alex [Rodriguez] coming back, and then boom, Teixeira goes down.
“And then a few days ago, [Curtis] Granderson, we were worried [about his right hamstring]. He’s back. They’ve got to keep grinding. They’ve got to keep pushing. They will. They know what’s expected of them.”
Steinbrenner told the newspaper that he has recently spoken to both Girardi and Cashman. He was at Yankee Stadium on Saturday and Sunday for the contests against the Orioles before attending Tuesday’s game at Tropicana Field.
“I was in The Bronx [last weekend], where I belong. That was rough,” Steinbrenner said. “It was rough. We got a lead, and we gave it up. So it is what it is. But we’ll keep grinding. They know what’s expected of them. But we’re all frustrated. That would be my word.”