Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 1/26/13
Tribute-george
Dear Madam or Sir, It bugs people when the rich guy pleads poverty. They see it all the time. The governor grubs for money. The corporation cheats on taxes. The billionaires complain about their employees’ wages. I mention this because you’ve spent the last three months poor-mouthing on behalf of Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, and their plan to shrink the Yankee payroll to $189 million. Simultaneously, they can’t seem to understand why Yankee fans – such as me – have become so spiteful. I think you are in a tough position, dealing with the family. Whatever happens, they’ll blame you. That’s the underside of being a general manager. But frankly, I think you’ve been doing them dirt by constantly mentioning the $189 million payroll figure – a backhanded way of saying they are poor-mouthing - and not addressing the real Yankee issue: We have hit the downside of a talent curve, and our next wave of young players is not ready. Sir, consider the reality: Mariano, Jeter, Andy, Ichiro, Kuro...
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