I have to admit that I have never really taken the time to know or understand Yankees president Randy Levine. I took a dislike to him without really giving him a chance to prove himself. I don’t know if it was something he said or a certain look that he gave during a press conference or if I really had any reason at all. But within the last couple of weeks, I have gained a newfound appreciation and respect for Levine. A week or so ago, I was reading a column by one of the Yankees beat writers (I don’t recall which one) and it referenced that the writer had bumped into Levine and he made a comment about how easy and comfortable it is to talk with Levine. Somehow, I had expected him to be “standoffish” and arrogant. But today, when he stood up to Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, he showed that he is the right man for the job.
Greenberg recently commented about how his second visit to Cliff Lee in Arkansas distracted the pitcher who had seemed destined to sign with New York. The distraction gave the Phillies enough time to slip in and seal the deal to return Lee to Philly. In response, Levine called Greenberg “delusional” and made a comment about how he has been an owner for a few minutes and seems to know what everyone is thinking. The comment about how he’d be impressed if the Rangers could get off “welfare” for three consecutive years was classic. The Yankees subsidize the Rangers existence, but for whatever reason, Greenberg feels the need to bite the hand that feeds him. Levine’s comments were very appropriate and I applaud him for the great defense of the Yankees and its fans.
The funny thing about the spat with the Rangers is the ongoing flow of “love” the Yankees seem to say about the Boston Red Sox organization. The most recent was Brian Cashman saying that the Red Sox had the best team. Of course, in his classy and professional way, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the comments won’t give them any extra runs or help them win a lot of games. I can’t believe that I despise the Rangers more than I do the Red Sox right now, but then again, it’s only January 28th so I’m sure that I’ll get my “Red Sox Hater” cap on between now and Opening Day…
Recent comments make me believe that Freddy Garcia wants to be a Yankee. I am not sure if the team has the same interest, but I’d be happy to see them take a flier on Garcia or Tigers free pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. The latter would be very ironic considering that the Yankees played a part in his trade from the Oakland A’s to Detroit in the deal that brought Jeff Weaver to New York. Either Garcia or Bonderman would be an upgrade to either Bartolo Colon or Sergio Mitre.
I am happy that the recent news about Andy Pettitte’s possible return has been positive but c’mon, let’s have the news of the decision. Please don’t let me know the groundhog before Andy announces whether or not he is going to retire!
I am glad the Yankees signed Russell Martin and I am looking forward to seeing if he can restore his promise in New York, but I’d have to say that I am starting to get excited about the impending arrival of Jesus Montero and his bat. I know that Montero’s emergence will probably mean the end of Jorge Posada’s career with the Yankees but it is getting close to baton time.