George Steinbrenner passed away on July 13, 2010, and it was a devastating loss for the Yankees organization. Since Steinbrenner’s death, the Yankees have shown resilience (2010, 2011, 2012) and mediocrity (2013, 2014) and during their years of mediocrity, you’d have to wonder what The Boss would think if he were here today.
I grew up a New York Yankees fan, and judging by Steinbrenner’s fiery personality, he hated losing. I’m sure every Yankees fan could agree they hate seeing the Bronx Bombers get into a funk and I sometimes ponder how Steinbrenner would react to the underwhelming achievements of the Yankees. Would he trade or someone on the spot? Would he go into the free agent market and get the most shiniest bats money could buy? Would he throw the coaches under the bus and fire them due to not getting results?
Well, I’m not sure, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has an idea on what The Boss would think if he were alive today.
“I think he’d be frustrated with the inconsistencies of our club.”
To say the Yankees have been inconsistent is an understatement; they’ve been consistent for all the wrong reasons. They’ve gotten on consistent losing streaks, they’ve gotten consistent offensive non-production and the bullpen is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”; you never know which bullpen you’re going to get.
The Boss left behind a dynasty, and to see the Yankees are struggling is a saddening thing. There are moments where you sometimes wish The Boss could come up from the grave and give the Yankees a good talking to, maybe even pull a Paul O’Neil and break a water cooler. The fans have been disappointed with the Yankees this season–and if George Steinbrenner was around to see this team, he’d be furious with the results.