December 20, 2010

If Steinbrenner Was Still Alive...

One talking point I'm really sick of hearing because it's so blatantly wrong: "If George Steinbrenner were alive, the Yankees never would've failed to sign Cliff Lee!"

Bullshit, for several reasons. First, Steinbrenner was essentially a vegetable for the last few years of his life, and certainly wasn't in charge of the team. And secondly, the Yankees' failure to sign Lee wasn't because they didn't offer enough money or didn't try hard enough. Lee took less money to go to the Phillies. Stephen A. Smith, Curt Schilling and other commentators known for being wrong most of the time have pushed this one.

Which isn't to say that George's sons won't eventually lead the Yankees to ruin. In fact, I hope they do.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 20, 2010 12:12 AM
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