Thursday, October 13, 2005

Stottlemyre Says What We Already Know About George

George Steinbrenner is a schmuck. That we all know. Stottlemyre had what to say about it on his way out recently:

This is what he said in response to George congratulating Angels manager Mike Soscia:

"I laughed when I saw it. My first thoughts were, 'What about Joe? Joe had done a hell of a job, too.' To congratulate the other manager and not congratulate your own after what he'd done this year, I laughed.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous. I've been here with Joe for 10 years and this has by far been the toughest year for him, and it's the best job he's done. He's done a good job year in and year out -- this year the job he's done was really special because he had a lot of things to battle through."

He went on to say that he's leaving on happy terms, but anyone with half a brain knows he's full of dung. He's sick of getting blamed (even though he deserves it!), sick of getting treated like yesterday's trash, and like Don Zimmer, he leaves with a bitter taste in his mouth.

Now I know delusional Junkee fans praise George because he loves winning, and will spend all his dough to do so, but that doesn't explain why he has to be a prick all the time, especially to the people who are trying to help his team win! You can't be a great owner without acting like an ass?

The Junkees stunk up the joint in the '80s because George was too involved, sticking his nose where it didn't belong. Then he was out of baseball for a few years, and the Junkees built up a good farm system, made some savvy moves, and in '96, although George was at the helm, they won it all.

But back then, he was quiet. He kept his mouth shut, let the manager, the GM, and the players go about their business. Sure, he picked up Strawberry and Gooden for PR, but for the most part, he was uninvolved. Then in 2001, after they lost the World Series, he because a nutjob again. Enrique Wilson makes an error, get me Raul Mondesi! And so on and so forth.

Bottom line, it's very nice that George loves winning. Now just act normal, and maybe your team will have a chance.

1 comment:

Michael Leggett said...

"Get me a Calzone!"

This is the World of George Steinbrenner.