While I agree with the AL executive sourced for Jayson Stark's article yesterday, one cannot simply ignore the power and implications of the quotes in today's Newsday. Kat O'Brien got these on Johan Santana straight from Hank Steinbrenner's mouth:
What is Steinbrenner's definition of "we"? Ms. O'Brien gets this from him:
Welcome to New York, Johan Santana!
That may be premature, but one can't help but wonder who is whispering in Hank's ear. If reports are true about Brian Cashman's position on dealing Phil Hughes, then the eldest George Steinbrenner son is getting support from someone else. Identifying that sycophant would be key to understanding the future front office moves.
My apologies. That advisor may not be a sychophant. I just concluded he would be given the Yankees' recent ability to say one thing publicly only to do the opposite a week later. That kind of flip-flopping only comes about when one's advisors are not intertested in saying anything but what New Boss wants to hear.