Hank Steinbrenner is a riot, but I am not sure on which planet he resides. Let's take a look at his comments about Red Sox Nation:
"Red Sox Nation?" What a bunch of [expletive] that is," he said in an interview with The New York Times' Play magazine. "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."
Well, I live in southern New Jersey and I see Red Sox hats and jackets all over the place. Certainly more than Yankees hats and jackets. In addition to this, I work in central Jersey, and this is an obvious area that should reek of Yankee pride. It does...but there is no shortage of Red Sox garb and fans. The numbers are at least the same as for the Yankees or Mets.
As for his assertion that Red Sox Nation (RSN) is a creation of ESPN, he might have a point. But there is some traction to this RSN stuff. The team has won two World Series crowns in the past four years, posting a combined 8-0 game count along the way. The first of those WS wins was on the heels of a 4-game comeback League Championship win over the Yankees.
Sounds like Hank is a bit jealous of the Red Sox. And now that he's lauded the release of Joe Torre, the manager that led the Yanks to 12 consecutive post season appearances, I think the Yankees future is a bit cloudy. Clearly, Hank does not agree.
Maybe he can go run the Toledo Mud Hens and reunite with A-Rod...
Originally Posted on southjersey-stillers-phillies.blogspot.com on March 2nd.