Arrived in Boston to learn that Hammerin’ Hank wants to talk about Barry Bonds:
This from the AP:
Yankees officials gathered for high-level meetings at their spring training complex Thursday, a day off for the team before it begins an important three-game series at Boston.
Missing injured sluggers Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada, the Yankees plan to consider ways to improve the team for the stretch run before next Thursdayâ€™s trade deadline.
Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner acknowledged heâ€™d mention Barry Bonds, the indicted home run king who became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back.
â€œIâ€™ll mention it. Weâ€™ll cover everything,â€ Steinbrenner said before the meetings began. â€œNo stone will be left unturned.â€
In addition to Hank Steinbrenner, his brother, co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and special adviser Gene Michael were among those at the meetings.
I’m sure this latest missive from Little Stein will be met with approval from those who think a rusty, one-dimensional 44-year-old PED abuser is just what the Yankees need. But unlike the Richie Sexson move, signing Bonds carries a lot of risk.
Bonds and his entourage would bring a circus atmosphere to a clubhouse that only recently has adjusted to a new manager, a rash of injuries and other changes. You have to wonder whether the Yankees are equipped to handle the myriad distractions Bonds will bring.
Hank provided a headline and in the end cooler heads will prevail. But he is a Steinbrenner, so you never know.