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.
Apparently Hank Steinbrenner thinks baseball is being singled out and he doesn’t like it. As a result he had this to say.
“Everybody that knows sports knows football is tailor-made for performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t know how they managed to skate by. It irritates me. Don’t tell me it’s not more prevalent. The number in football is at least twice as many. Look at the speed and size of those players.”
BAM! That is a serious jab at the NFL. I wonder how they will respond. Will they be ok? How could they possibly answer these allegations? Greg Aiello has the answer. A calm, collected, well-reasoned bitch slap to the face with facts.
Answered NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: “We’ve had year-round random testing with immediate suspensions since 1990 and we conduct approximately 12,000 steroids tests a year.”
How perfect is that? Don’t claim to be perfect. Don’t claim to be superior. Just lay out some facts that make the other party look absolutely silly. Greg Aiello deserves a raise.
According to C.C. Sabathia’s website, he has decided to put all contract talks on hold until after the 2008 baseball season. He says he wants to concentrate on his game.
“I look forward to a successful 2008 season, both for myself and for the Indians as a whole.”
“I will do everything within my power to help the club to its first World Series appearance since 1997 and its first World Series Championship since 1948.
“There will be time after the season for the Indians and my representatives to discuss my contract status. I remain hopeful that these discussions will result in a contract extension that will keep me with the franchise for many years to come. In the meantime, in order to avoid any distractions, my representatives and I will not make any further comment about my contractual situation beyond this statement.”
Some might view this as a selfish move for Sabathia. Seeing as he is about to be the most sought-after free agent available (to the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, Dodgers and Braves) next season, CC has to maximize his value by following up his 2007 Cy Young season in 2008. Thankfully for Indians fans, these goals align nicely with the Indians trying to repeat as Central Division champs and driving to the World Series. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
It is a strange dichotomy for Indians fans, though. They want the team to do amazingly this season and bring home the first championship since 1948. Then again, if CC gets them there, he will almost certainly be writing his own ticket right out of town with one hell of a résumé entry. Either way, it sounds like CC will give the Indians a chance to sign him after the season. All Cleveland fans can hop is that the timing of talks will be sometime after a World Series parade in a very very cold late-autumn Cleveland.