LADY AT THE BAT: Something In The Heir

Monday, October 15, 2007

Something In The Heir

By now, everyone's heard about the article in today's New York Post which says that, very soon (imminently, perhaps), George Steinbrenner will hand over control of the Yankees to his sons, Hank and Hal.

Everyone's thinking it but no one wants to say it: that this is a direct result of what The Boss told The Bergen Record last week. If this were 20 or 30 years ago, Torre would have been long gone already and everyone would be speculating about who Don Mattingly would want on his coaching staff. Instead, it looks as if Hank and Hal will be deciding whether or not Mattingly will need to think about a coaching staff.

I know that the health of George Steinbrenner is no one's business. The Yankees are a privately-held company and needn't answer to a soul when questions arise about their leader's health. However, it's very difficult not to speculate when things like The Bergen Record article happen. It's also very difficult when you read and hear statements from Steinbrenner's personal spokesman, Howard Rubenstein. Whenever one of those statements is released a little voice in the back of my head always says, "That's not really him speaking," that's not really George Steinbrenner, which leads me to ask aloud: Is the real George Steinbrenner a distant memory?

The Lady

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