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Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner do you think us fans are idiots?

New York Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner was on the Mike Francesa Show yesterday, and all I can say is he still doesn’t get it.

Hal Steinbrenner thanking the fans...

Hal Steinbrenner thanking the fans… (Photo credit: JeffreyPutman)

Hal acknowledged that the 2013 season was a disappointment.

He also admitted that the Yankees development within their farm system has not panned out as they were hoping.

And once again, Hal reiterated his late father’s mantra over and over that fielding a championship caliber team remains the Yankees first priority.

Francesa asked Hal a few times about his well-publicized wish of keeping the Yankees payroll under MLB’s $189 million salary cap for 2014 season.

Hal said there are many reasons for the Yankees to keep the payroll below the $189 million next season.

This is true as paying a 50% luxury tax on every dollar they spend above the cap is a solid reason.

But what I don’t get is if implementing this frugality negates fielding a championship caliber team, why the heck is Hal even considering it still?

And this is why either Hal just doesn’t get it, or else thinks us Yankees fans are idiots as his two ‘goals’ cancel each other out.

If the #1 priority for 2014 is to field a World Series championship caliber team, Hal is going to have to spend, spend and spend some more to do it.

That is why I am so confused about why Hal is still even talking about his $189 million “goal”.

Yesterday was the perfect platform for Hal to put the kibosh on the frugality talk once and for all.

Getting Yankees fan base energized and excited again would have been the smart thing to do, especially in conjunction with watching the Red Sox dominate in the postseason.

Francesa did go after Hal in a few sneaky ways about the team’s payroll for next season, but he tolerated his responses to easily.

I wish Francesa had gone in for the kill by jokingly asking Hal how long after the Yankees missed the playoffs did it take him to renounce the frugality act?

As presumably anything that negates the 2014 Yankees making the postseason is non-negotiable, right?

And since winning next season will cost, then Hal Steinbrenner should be handing GM Brian Cashman some blank checks shortly.

Personally, I have had enough of this contradicting lingo.

As it is about time for Hal to get his story straight or get his head checked, either way just as long as he stops this nonsense once and for all.

It comes down to winning or losing, it is that simple.

So Hal,  don’t you think Yankees fans deserve to know?

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  1. Davey says:

    Kate, as a Yankees fan I'm sick of hearing about the $189 million payroll for the last few years… anyways, now that we are finally a year away from this crap, will we have to deal with this again in the near future or when is the next time this tax becomes an issue again?

  2. JohnnyFresh says:

    You people need to get real.Is 189 million not enough to spend?The reason for that one year figure has been explained 189 million times.GET OVER IT! The Yankees will only be in the top 3 in spending.Woe is me!

    • LLP says:

      I want the Yankees to spend because I want them to play in October. Johnny. I like going to playoff games….

  3. @MONDOAS says:

    Being that he is the owner and we are just fans, Hal can say anything and we are suppose to believe it because we really don't matter in his eyes. Do you think he ever thinks about the fans? Nope!! He is so FOS that he wants a winning team!! He just cares about the bottom line and that's making money. I miss George so much!! He cared about the fans and about WINNING!!

  4. godoftna says:

    Both Brian Cashman AND Hal Steinbrenner have stated, on numerous occasions, that the $189 million cap "is a goal, but not at the expense of fielding a championship team". This wasn't something that got stated as soon as the team was eliminated from the playoffs. It's been a season long statement. Now personally, I'm sick and tired of hearing how the Yankees need to spend money to contend and win a championship. It's complete and total crap. The team has had the top payroll for how many years? And just how many championships have they won? Since 2000, they've won 1 World Series title. 1. They lost the 2003 World Series to a team with one of the lowest payrolls in the majors in the Florida Marlins, and including 2003 and 09, the team has been to the ALCS a grand total of 5 times(03, 04, 09, 11, 12). While they are certainly winning a lot of games, money is not guarenteeing championships. What the team DOES need to do, is scout better, and put their money in the proper places with the right players. The team is paying $25 million+ to a player who's at war with the league and with the teams management. At $25 million, ARod should keep his head down and his mouth shut and just be thankful he still has a paycheck. There are way too many teams with lower payrolls (Rays, Pirates, Orioles, A's) contending for the playoffs that the money argument is a moot point. Give it a rest already.

    • LLP says:

      Winning a WS is not that easy….who cares if the Yankees spend money to make the playoffs? Is it coming out of your checking account?