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How will Jeter respond?

jeter-021111.jpgAt some point today, there will be a circle of reporters around Derek Jeter’s locker, seeking a response to the comments made yesterday by Hank Steinbrenner about players building mansions and losing their hunger to win a championship.

In case you missed it, Steinbrenner had told a handful of reporters that the 2011 Yankees look hungrier to him, something that was lacking last season. Someone asked Steinbrenner who should be held accountable when the team isn’t focused, and the reply came back:
“Two years ago, ’09, I saw that hunger. Nobody (is held accountable). Sometimes it’s an actual thing. The Steelers won the Super Bowl two years ago, last year they didn’t get it done. This year they at least got back to the Super Bowl. I think maybe they celebrated a little bit too much last year. Some of the players are too busy building mansions and other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that. I think they’ve come into this spring with a new hunger. That’s what it takes, man. That’s what it takes to win.”
Another reporter asked the obvious question – how many other players besides Jeter had built huge mansions in 2010?
“I’m not singling anybody out. Maybe they were riding the wave of ’09 a little too much. That happens. Psychologically, that happens. This year, in spring so far, from what I’ve seen and from what I’ve been told by everyone that’s down there with them – our coaches and so forth – they’ve come in with a real new drive and determination, the kind they had in ’09.”
In fairness, CC Sabathia also constructed a huge house in Alpine, N.J. that got publicity, but Sabathia won 21 games and was in contention for the Cy Young Award. Jeter, on the other hand, had a season he himself was disappointed with and then engaged in difficult contract negotiations with the Yankees. 
If you know Jeter at all, you can imagine how he’ll detest being placed in a position to address this — not only because it’s about his Tampa area house, which he’s previously said he will not discuss publicly, but more importantly because his hunger to win a championship has apparently been called into question by a Steinbrenner. 
I’ll admit, I didn’t see this one coming. It will be interesting to see how Jeter responds.

Hank: Yanks can repeat

Hank Steinbrenner believes the Yankees are in position to repeat as World Series champions after adding pitcher Javier Vazquez and outfielder Curtis Granderson during the offseason.

The Yankees co-chairman spoke with the Associated Press on Thursday in Tampa, Fla., speaking highly of general manager’s Brian Cashman’s offseason moves to bolstered the rotation and change the appearance of New York’s outfield.

“The two trades that Brian did I was really pleased with and very proud of,” Steinbrenner told the AP. “I think that is going to make a big difference for us.”

Acquired from the Braves, Vazquez will slide into a rotation that already includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte, with the fifth starter still yet to be decided.

The hope is that Vazquez solves an issue the Yankees had last October, when they had to lean on a three-man rotation to get through the playoffs and World Series.

“We needed another top-notch starter and got one,” Steinbrenner said.

Headed north of the border

Well, Jason Giambi didn’t get in through the All-Star Game Final Vote. That’s a shame — I thought he would have been a phenomenal contender in the Home Run Derby on Monday. He’ll just have to make do with his second prize … four days and three nights in fabulous Las Vegas.

First, the Yankees will have to get through the next three days, heading north of the border after last night’s unproductive detour in Pittsburgh. More troubling than the loss, we’d say, is the fact that Jorge Posada was once again out of the lineup with Jose Molina catching. Posada is very proud about the fact that he’s a catcher, not a first baseman, and he is insistent that he signed with the Yankees to catch all four years of his contract.

Now, we can debate about whether Posada can legitimately expect to catch in 2011. But I don’t think anyone saw it coming that he’d be pushed off to the side in 2008 — obviously, the right shoulder is a major concern for Joe Girardi, even though he won’t publicly say it. I asked Brian Cashman the same question in New York last week and he said that there’s health, and that nobody works harder than Posada. Then why not play him?

Assorted notes and quotes: Mariano Rivera will not start the All-Star Game, it seems. Good. His place belongs in the ninth inning if the American League has a lead. … Hank Steinbrenner tells USA Today that he plans to hire Lou Piniella as an advisor once Sweet Lou’s managing days are through. … The FanFest opens today at the Javits Center. Since I’m in town for the festivities and not in Toronto, I may have time to check it out. If so, I’ll post a report. … Don Larsen’s perfect game was screened last night at BB King’s in midtown. Wish I’d been there. …. Who, exactly, is paying to watch Jose Canseco fight in Atlantic City? …

Yankees not interested in Sabathia

With the trade deadline more than three weeks away, the Yankees do not
appear primed to make a major move, though they also will not be
sellers at the deadline. The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Saturday
that the Yankees will not pursue a major shakeup, specifically
mentioning the Indians’ C.C. Sabathia as someone the club will not go
after.

“We’re looking into different things,” Yankees co-chairperson Hank
Steinbrenner told the Star-Ledger. “I think we all had more
confidence in what we could do with what we have than what we’ve shown
lately.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any — for
most teams in baseball, 90 percent of the teams in baseball — there’s
not going to be anything major that’s going to happen.”

Hal Steinbrenner sits down with MLB.com

While Hank Steinbrenner was spurring the Yankees on to their biggest offensive showing of the season, delivering the wake-up equivalent of a Starbucks doubleshot espresso, Hal Steinbrenner was calmly and coolly sitting down with MLB.com in Tampa.

Here’s a snippet concerning pricing at the new Stadium, where they’ll be 53,000 seats pointed toward the action in 2009:

“I see in the papers all the time about the 180 Legends Seats that are
so expensive,” he said. “But they don’t talk about the fact that half
of the seats in the stadium are $45 or less; that the entire top level
is $20-$25 seats, and the bleacher seats are $12. We wanted to make
sure that the average family can afford to go there and that’s the way
it’s going to be.”

Also, Hal says that the Yankees’ baseball engine has not been a money-maker in recent years. That’s believable, since the club has been subject to large revenue sharing spillage, but the organization’s other ventures like the YES Network have been quite lucrative.

The full article can be found here.

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