Results tagged ‘ George Steinbrenner ’
A quick note from this morning at the Winter Meetings –
“He said, ‘There’s a little more to managing than just winning baseball games. You’ve got to put fannies in the seats.’ He said, ‘When you go out there and get kicked out of a ballgame, put on a nice show.’ I took it to heart.”
“I was very happy for Pat. Pat is a wonderful baseball executive and wonderful human being. I have the highest regard for Pat Gillick. Mr. Steinbrenner, I thought he’d get in. I was disappointed, I really was. I think Mr. Steinbrenner in due time will get his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.”
The Yankees will wear uniform patches to honor the lives of George M. Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard for the remainder of the 2010 season, beginning with Friday’s game vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.
s. That’s where they’ll start, that’s where they’ll finish. There will be much said in between, but they’ll say he was one of the top executives or owners in all of sports.”
Q: If you were to give these Yankees a pregame pep talk — what would you tell them?
You had a great year, now finish like Yankees. Think of those 50,000
people in the stands and everybody watching on TV. They are the most
loyal and dedicated fans in sports. We built you guys a beautiful new
stadium. We are counting on you to break it in the right way — by
making it the home of the 2009 world champions. It’s a long off season,
so leave it all on the field and give it your best.
Remember the other day when Pedro Martinez said that he embraced the ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ chants at Yankee Stadium, because the Yankees fans really wanted him on their side?
Quick refresher: “I know they really want to root for me. It’s just that I don’t play for the Yankees, that’s all. I’ve always been a good competitor, and they love that. They love the fact that I compete. I’m a New Yorker, as well. If I was on the Yankees, I’d probably be like a king over here.”
Well, the Bombers had the chance — twice — to make Pedro into ‘royalty,’ and passed both times. Here’s good stuff from Christian Red in the New York Daily News:
“At that time we had internal information about his health that turned out to be accurate,” Cashman said yesterday after the Yankees’ workout at Citizens Bank Park. “We thought he was going to break down and he did.”
… A source familiar with the meeting said that Steinbrenner even teased Martinez about his unruly hair at the time, and said that if the righthander did sign, he would have to get a haircut. Instead, Martinez went across town to Flushing, where he helped the Mets win the NL East in 2006, but was a disappointing 8-7 over the final two years of his deal.
This past summer, Cashman said Martinez was asking for $5 million for half a season, which was too rich for even the Yankees. Martinez eventually signed with the defending champion Phillies for $1 million, plus incentives.
“We took a look at him, but he didn’t throw well in front of us. They said he was throwing 95. He was throwing 87, 88,” said Cashman. “What he showed us wasn’t what we were told. He was looking for $5 million. When he recalculated his demand, he didn’t tell us about it. We might have had interest.”
This statement dropped in not too long ago:
“This has been a tremendous year for our team as we have settled into our new home. The New York Yankees are proud of our rich history of outstanding players and this year’s team has worked hard to prove that they are worthy of the great distinction of calling themselves Yankees.
“We look forward to finishing what we started this season and never losing sight of our goal – to bring another championship to the best fans in the world and the great city of New York.”
Heard this little story in the dugout today during batting practice:
Last week, Ray Negron published his latest illustrated children’s book, “One Last Time: Good-Bye to Yankee Stadium.”
Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner and memories of Yankee Stadium are the focus of the book.
The cover depicts Steinbrenner in an illustration wearing his familiar white
turtleneck and navy blue sport coat, giving a thumbs up sign with
his hand on the shoulder of a batboy.
Well, this week, Negron bumped into Steinbrenner here at the stadium and was congratulated on the book, which hit No. 1 in its category on Amazon.com.
“You hit No. 1,” Steinbrenner told Negron. “I’m happy for you.”
“No, Boss,” Negron replied. “I couldn’t have hit No. 1 without you. You’re on the cover. I’m happy for us.”