It goes without saying that Steinbrenner spent some of Tuesday clarifying the remarks . First and foremost, his shortstop. That mansion comment was merely a "euphemism" and "just a generalization."
"Sometimes, teams get a little complacent. They celebrate for too long. You see that a lot in sports nowadays. It certainly isn’t Derek. Derek has five rings. You don’t win five rings by being complacent. So it was definitely not Derek I was talking about."He went on to "explain" his other statements, which serve only to further confuse anyone paying attention.
Steinbrenner earlier referred to the 2010 season as an embarrassment, but later noted that the Rays also failed to make the World Series -- and said sometimes in the AL East, the "best division in American sports," the teams wear each other out before the postseason. So, Hank, did the Yankees lack hunger and get complacent, or were they just a really good team that got worn out in a great division? It can't be both.
There's more lunacy in his extended commentary with the media, but the bottom line is it's become pretty impossible to take anything good ol' Hank says seriously. Just don't ignore him, lest you miss out on some entertaining banter.
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