Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hal Makes The Rounds

Hal Steinbrenner was all over the radio today, Bryan Hoch and Chad Jennings have a bunch of quotes worth checking out. Here's one of them on what Hal thought of Chuck Greenberg's comments about Yankees fans:
"Completely inappropriate, ridiculous. Our fans are the greatest in the world. We were somewhat shocked, but very angry as all of you were. We got on the phone to the Commissioner's office, we told them that we're absolutely going to respond in an aggressive way. We agreed to wait until after the game so as to not distract from the Series.

But the bottom line is within an hour or two of the news breaking, Chuck was reaching out to us and I had a conversations with him a few hours after the game started. He'll be the first one to admit that his statements were, just as I said, ridiculous if not stupid. He apologized in what I believed was in a sincere way.

I only talked to him over the phone but I definitely believe he was sincere about that. But what we told him was, 'It's great that you're apologizing to us, but you need to apologize to the fans. They're the ones you've wronged. There's no excuse for it.' So, he did. It's going to be up to each individual fan I guess to read his statement and find it sincere or not sincere, but that's kind of where we are."
And on something a lot more important, the 2011 payroll:
"I can safely say we're going to stay within the same level. But I'm obviously not going to get into details. But we know we're expected to field a championship caliber team and we're going to do what it takes to do that. So if we have to get creative in a trade, or if we have to go out for a big free agent, we're going to do it."


“I’m not going to get into specifics, but yes we’ve got a good idea of where we’re going to try to end up,” he said. “We have some money coming off the payroll. Obviously re-signing Derek and Mo is going to be a priority to try to do that, but we’re still going to have money leftover. These meetings are pretty initial at this point, but it’s all about prioritizing what we need to do and looking at the free agent market and eventually looking at possible trades to try to improve.”

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