Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 1/11/13
Hal Steinbrenner, aka "the smarter one," took to the conference call podium yesterday to try and defuse a growing hostility within the Yankiverse, a fan base that sees the family ownership as more interested in profits than pennants. He said it just aint so. The vaunted $189 million payroll - which the Steinbros have pitched as the Prime Directive for 2014 - is not so all-important that he would allow the team to slide into the fiery pits of Pittsburgh Piratehood.  “I’m surprised to hear that there’s anger if you see what we’ve done this offseason,” Steinbrenner said.Well, where do I start?What the Yankees did this offseason was watch two key players walk, buy a retread thirdbaseman to replace the hobbled boondoggle known as Arod, and let an antique lineup grow yet another year slower, older and more frighteningly fragile. Nobody but a Steinboy would say the Yankees improved their team with free agents or youth from the farm. And the reason is that pit-bull clap commitment to the ma...
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