When we first saw the photo of the new Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park last week, we were bummed to learn that not only had it been moved from its quirky home in left–center field, but that its new location would be a charmless spot underneath the restaurant, in the center-field batter’s eye. But after seeing the photo again on Curbed today, we noticed something much more uplifting.
We've always thought it was kind of nice that Hal Steinbrenner, unlike his brother, Hank, keeps his mouth shut. He doesn't talk himself into a tizzy, he doesn't battle with the press, and he doesn't even bluster when events call for it. But this week, he talked at length with GQ and explained a lot of what he has been thinking in a calm, non-obnoxious way. It's a great interview. "I'm more introverted than extroverted, for sure, but I'm definitely not a recluse," he told staff writer Nate Penn. "I can't speak for Hank, but for me, I had my hands full. I didn't have time to sit down like I am with you. I'm glad I'm doing it now." Here are some of the highlights:
• On reports that he "hates" and "avidly disdains" the media: No truth to that. That was Bill Madden [of the Daily News]. Look, first of all, I don't hate anybody. It's a useless emotion. It accomplishes nothing.
• On whether he always expected to take over the Yankees: My dad would say, "Someday this is going to be yours. We're counting on you; we're counting on Hank. I'm not going to want to do this forever." I don't know [laughs] if that was true. George was very involved, and he loved it.
• On calling his father by his first name: That's purely an office thing. I guess when you're right out of college and working in the office, you don't want to go around saying [puts on little-boy voice], "Well, Daddy said this. Daddy—" Throughout the course of fifteen years, I think it took on a life of its own here, but certainly not at home. [Steinbrenner adds the he doesn't call his dad "George" to his face. "That would be completely disrespectful."]
It looks like Fox broadcaster and former Yankees catcher Joe Girardi is going to be the next manager of the Yankees, according to ESPN.
"The Yankees have offered Joe the opportunity to become their next manager. Discussions are ongoing." Steve Mandell, Girardi's agent, said.
Girardi beat out Steinbrenner favorite Don Mattingly and Yankees coach Tony Pena for the contract — reportedly $6 million for three years — after a ten-hour interview in which he apparently charmed the pants off the Steinbrenner family. But not everyone thinks he's so sweet. "There remain concerns about Girardi's aggressive style of handling people," George King and Joel Sherman of the Post wrote in an article that appears on the Fox News Website. "He isn't afraid to bruise feelings." Aw, did someone at News Corp., perhaps, get his feelings hurt?
Yanks Offer Job to Giardi [Fox]
Yanks Officially Offer Skipper Job to Giardi [ESPN]
This was June in Chicago, at the end of a long, weird Yankees road trip that had started with A-Rod cavorting with a woman not his wife and ended with the team winning three in a row and finally showing some signs of life. Right in the middle of the turnaround had been Joe Torre — though, characteristically, we didn’t find out until much later just how much credit Torre deserved. We knew he’d called a team meeting in Toronto, but neither Torre nor any of the players would even hint at the tone or content; only when the season ended, after another disappointing first-round playoff exit, did word get out that Torre had ripped the team behind closed doors. It was rare for him to raise his voice; far more of his best work was done with pats on the back. But Torre always had a gift for what the moment required, and he never deployed it better than this season, when he kept the team battling and focused after a horrendous April and May.
Joe Torre has turned down an offer from the Yankees brass to return as manager next year, ESPN.com reports.
The Yankees offered Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and incentives that would have increased his salary to $8 million based on postseason performance. Under that offer, if Torre reached the World Series in 2008, an option for 2009 would have vested.
Torre traveled to Tampa from New York on Thursday with general manager Brian Cashman and chief operating officer Lonn Trost. The manager was at Legends Field for about an hour and then left for the airport.
Team president Randy Levine said that the two sides were "working on it" and expected more meetings. Wow, we have no idea what to think! And we thought this was the first playoff season we weren't going to spend all our time worrying about what was going on with the Yankees.
Torre Turns Down Offer to Return As Yanks' Skipper [ESPN]