We certainly know how some Yankee fans feel about the baseball season so far, but what about The Boss? George Steinbrenner, the Yankees principal owner released a statement yesterday, supporting manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman. Steinbrenner's statement said:
"The season is still very young, but up to now the results are clearly not acceptable to me or to Yankee fans. However, Brian Cashman, our general manager, Joe Torre, our manager, and our players all believe that they will turn this around quickly. I believe in them. I am here to support them in any way to help them accomplish this turnaround. It is time to put excuses and talk away. It is time to see if people are ready to step up and accept their responsibilities. It is time for all of them to show me and the fans what they are made of.
It is indeed early in the season, but the old Steinbrenner, the one who didn't speak through press conference, would be fuming at his team, no matter how early it is in the season. Of the six games the Yankees played against the Red Sox, the Bronx Bombers only won one. They're also last in the American League East and are one of the worst teams, record-wise, in all of baseball. Steinbrenner can find comfort that his team still garners most of the headlines on the sports pages. Nevermind that they are for the team's poor play.
Time, and the Yankees record, will tell how much faith Steinbrenner has in Cashman, Torre, and his players.
Photo of Joe Torre, George Steinbrenner, and Brian Cashman at spring training in 2005 by AP/Tony Gutierrez