Hal Steinbrenner is on WFAN right now with Mike Francesa.
The book: “I’m sure I’ll thumb through it and read certain sections.”
His father: “He’s looking forward to spring training.”
He said the team is run by committee because he and his brother are involved. Good political answer there.
“I’m the control person but this is a family business,” he said.
He said last year was “tremendously disappointing.” Based on the additions, he expects a better team in 2009. Steinbrenner just said he thought Joe Girardi did a “great job” but adjustments had to be made.
On the new Stadium in relation to the economy: “This is a different world for all of us, every single person in this country.” He said they were concerned about a few things a few months ago.
Hal is plugging the ticket prices at the new Stadium. They’re not all expensive, he says.
On the new Stadium: “There aren’t too many bad seats in the house, if any.” Well, that’s a relief. They only spent $1.5 billion.
Hal said the Yankees can duplicate their run of the late 1990s. “I would expect nothing less,” he said.
Hal said his family is committed to owning the team. “We have no intention of selling,” he said.
Hal said he won’t be a hands-on owner in terms of baseball and chastising the manager. “Right or wrong, I’m a little less like that than my dad was,” he said.
Hal said they will sign Manny, Dunn and Sheets tomorrow.
(Only kidding. just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.)
Francesa is shocked to learn the Yankees formed a concessions company for the new Stadium.
The interview is over, 20 minutes. Thankfully Mike didn’t ask about Joba pitching in relief.