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Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:51 pm

Hank Steinbrenner is turning into his father before our very own eyes.

"We just have to [bleeping] win," Hank Steinbrenner stated emphatically to the New York Post about the 2010 season.

"We will do what we have to do to win," Steinbrenner said. "We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win.

The Yankees have $196.5 million guaranteed in 2010 contracts and should crack the $200 million barrier by Opening Day. Par for the course for a team coming off three-straight $200 million payrolls, reaching $213 in 2010. However, competition for the Yankees is stiffer: the club is getting old and most of its dollars are invested in those on the wrong side of 30 and showing signs of wear and tear, such as Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. In addition, other teams are catching up to New York's massive payroll edge: the Red Sox played 2010 at $168 million and will have a similar payroll again in 2011.

That's not all. The AL East is home to some of the brightest minds in all of baseball. Andy MacPhail is engineering a turnaround in Baltimore; the Rays have been among baseball's best the last three years and have made some savvy moves to compensate for losing Carl Crawford and others; and the Blue Jays just churn out one good move after another and won 85 games.

"It's going to be typical American League East," he said. "It's the best division in baseball. With division play certain things are fair, some things are unfair. You wear each other out."

Steinbrenner feels the Yankees have one of the four-best teams in baseball. You could find a lot of people who would disagree with Hank, but he is looking at the season optimistically by predicting good years from the likes of Ivan Nova, Joba Chamberlain and A.J. Burnett.

Oh, and the other three best teams? He names the Red Sox, Giants and Phillies, and then rounded out his top five with the Rangers.

Only time will tell if Hank's Yanks are one of the four best.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 6:27 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

This is going to be a fun season. The AL East is getting really competitive now that Toronto and Baltimore have joined the party. Toronto should push for another mid 80 win season and Baltimore could surprise and reach .500 ball. The Rays lost a ton, but they are loaded with prospects and their starting rotation will keep them hanging around .500 as well until their prospects come around in 2012. I love my Red Sox and everyone is saying they are the team to beat, which may be true. But, in my opinion they swapped out two good players for two slightly better players, so they didn't really improve as drastically as people like to believe. Injuries were key last year. If they can play healthy all year and if Beckett and Lackey decide to show up (looking at you Beckett)! then they will have a good year. Those are two very big "ifs." Anyone who thinks the Yankees (even though I despise them) don't have a shot is living in a dream world.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 4:05 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Your not gonna make the playoffs Bozo.

Love the dumb Yankee haters with their dopey assumptions. 

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Thank God.

That's the passion the Yankees have been missing since ole George passed away. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:33 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Wouldn't it have been GREAT to see Hank's face during the final inning of game 6, ALCS, as the Rangers were about to win?  The collective long faces of Girardi, Petitte, Cano, Posada, man that was fantastic.  Having Hanks face shown would have been LEGEN... wait for it ... DARY! 

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:20 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

No Jackass Hank, you have the biggest payroll because you play in the biggest market and your TV contract pays for everything.  Quit trying to sell that "we care more" BS!

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:12 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

They've missed the playoffs ONCE since 1995 but with that kind of insight, I now know you are right.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:01 pm

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Your not gonna make the playoffs Bozo.

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