April 17, 2005


Steinbrenner Angry As Yanks Fall to 4-8 (DAVID GINSBURG, Apr 17, 2005, The Associated Press)

George Steinbrenner is tired of waiting for his New York Yankees to get going. Now he's angry. Miguel Tejada hit his eighth career grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Kevin Brown and completed a three-game sweep of New York with an 8-4 victory Sunday. The last-place Yankees (4-8) have dropped four straight and eight of 10 overall.

"Enough is enough. I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankee fans are by the lack of performance by our team," Steinbrenner said in a statement issued immediately after the game.

"It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2005 6:53 PM

It's their worst start since 1991, when they finished 71-91. Stump Merrill was fired as manager after that season. I wonder when Brian Cashman gets fired?

Posted by: pj at April 17, 2005 7:45 PM

I'm assuming Steinbrenner wrote this one just after Stottlemyre had finished his second inning mound conference with Kevin Brown, which came between the moment he loaded the bases with two away and then served up the gopher ball to Tejada.

Between this start and Brown's self-distruction last fall, George may have Kevin cleaning out the stable for his race horse by Monday.

Posted by: John at April 17, 2005 7:59 PM

As a Red Sox fan I am wary of burying the Yankees before 162 games have been played. That said, they don't look too good right now. And if Randy Johnson gets hit on the way the Sox hit him the other night the Yanks are in big trouble.

Posted by: AWW at April 17, 2005 10:22 PM

The Yanks start out slow every year.

Enjoy it while it lasts, ladies.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 18, 2005 1:27 AM