It truly is admirable the way that the son of George Steinbrenner is distancing himself from his father in an attempt to look like his own man. After all, Hank Stein's tirades as of late have created an entirely different yet equally powerful fiefdom of crazy. He's railed against Red Sox Nation, the Toledo Mud Hens (no, really), and now he's sticking it to the immovable force that is the Tampa Bay Syllable Rays.
Seriously, Tampa. You mess with the pinstripes, and you're gonna ... well, you're not gonna! Yeah, take that!
"There are going to be problems, especially if they go after our stars. It's not going to be tolerated. We never have done it to them. It's just not going to happen anymore."
"Going after our stars." For the record, Tampa's Jonny Gomes tackled Shelley Duncan.
But they shouldn't go after Shelley Duncan! Absolutely not. Not when the Yankees, in a way, literally own the Rays:
"I don't want these teams in general to forget who subsidizes a lot of them, and it's the Yankees New York Yankees, the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mets New York Mets. I would prefer if teams want to target the Yankees that they at least start giving some of that revenue sharing and luxury tax money back. From an owners point of view, that's my point."
Okay, that's just amazing logic. One fight in spring training, and suddenly Hank's opposed to the revenue sharing program.
You just know there's an anti-blog screed lurking in the aorta of Hank's chest. C'mon, Little Stein. Let it out. It desires freedom.
Hank: We're Not Going To Take It [New York Post]