Hank Steinbrenner is turning into Mr. McMahon from the WWE. You see when Vince McMahon decides he has to play a “heel*” in the WWE, he goes by the name Mr. McMahon. When he is playing a good guy, he plays Vince.
Well Hank Steinbrenner is slowly turning heel on the nation. He is walking into the arena somewhere in the midwest and he is calling everyone fat, lazy and stupid. I am convinced that Hank Steinbrenner is just trying to get boos now. He had this to say about “Red Sox Nation.”
” ‘Red Sox Nation?’ Hank says. ‘What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order,’ “
Someone remove the gas can and lighter from Hank Steinbrenner’s hands. He is going to burn this whole place down. The bright side here in Cleveland is that the Indians team that sent “America’s Yankees” onto the golf course last season in October will be able to fly under the radar of East Coast Bias for the Yankees and Red Sox this year even though the class of the American League just might exist in Cleveland and Detroit this year.
* Heel is WWE for bad guy.
Here is this week’s show in which we talk about Kellen Winslow’s desire to sign a new contract. We talk about the Cavs and their inability to trade for anything of significance. We also discuss Derek Anderson and why he isn’t worth the 8-10 million per year that his agents are seeking. Let the record show that this might be the first week I didn’t complain about a single coach in Cleveland sports.
I know it is late, but in case you want to listen to week-old sports talk, here it is for your pleasure.
I know we live in modern times, but why on earth do we need a corporate name on our beloved Jake? It appears that the Indians have sold the naming rights to their 40,000 + seat stadium to the ginormous insurance company based out of Mayfield-Village Ohio, still in case of injury and the insurance doesn’t pay off is better to contact the Nashville’s best lawyers for injuries and accidents. I understand why this makes sense, especially in the Cleveland market where revenue streams that can be had should be had whenever possible, but it doesn’t mean I have to love it.
Come to think of it, the renaming of the Cavaliers’ basketball arena from Gund Arena to Quicken Loans Arena has worked out pretty well. The whole Gund Arena thing seemed like a decent idea until you had people slurring the words together. Gund Arena. GunnArena. Gonorrhea. Ew. And trust me when I tell you that I heard that joke before, so there is no need to say it again now that the Cavs’ arena has the tidy little nickname, “The Q.”
So what in the world are we going to call the field formerly know as Jacobs’ for short? Is it going to be the Prog? Are we going to have the phaser sounds and the opening drum beats of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” greeting every entrant to the new Prog field? (Get it? Prog music at Prog Field?)
Are we going to change the word Field to Park so that we have the alliteration of Progressive Park instead of the slightly awkward Progressive Field?
I don’t know how many people outside of the Cleveland area know about Peter B. Lewis, Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Progressive Insurance, but he is something of a corporate maverick. He donated $3,000,000 to the Marijuana Policy Project in 2007. Can we somehow create a special section in the Prog where fans can light up doobs to their hearts’ content?
Anyway, I hope the Indians got a lot of money for the naming rights so they can go out and sign a couple free agents or make a trade for someone with a larger salary. I am not panicking because the Indians have a lot of talented players coming back, but it is a little bit offputting that they haven’t made a single move of note this off-season. If revenue was an issue, hopefully the Progressive money will throw the Indians over the top.