Hal Steinbrenner spoke after a press conference to announce the Big Ten’s new affiliation with the Pinstripe Bowl and he didn’t hold back on the subject of Alex Rodriguez.
Asked if he has been disappointed in A-Rod, Steinbrenner said: “There have no doubt been times when we’ve been disappointed in him and we’ve conveyed that to him and he understands that. But look everybody’s human and everybody makes mistakes. If you’ve got a guy over the course of 10 years, there’s going to be times any of us make mistakes.
“I know he’s been working hard and he’s been working hard to come back and he does work. He knows what it means to be a Yankee and he knows what we expect of him and he knows what his teammates expect of him, without a doubt. So we just hope he comes back strong. We need all the help we can get.”
On the team’s performance, Steinbrenner said: “A lot of people expected a doomsday scenario, April 1. I didn’t think anybody would think we’d be three games out of first place in the American League East. So I think the team has done well against adversity. The pitching has done great. You can’t say enough about the pitching the entire season and the guys we’ve brought in, the veterans have done a good job, and some of the young kids have done a good job. The last week has hurt. There’s no doubt about it. It’s not a fun place to be, but, again, let’s try to keep in perspective that we’re still very much in this fight and we’re right at the top.”