Love it. Exactly what I was thinking as I read the first part of what Pap Smear said.The circus really is back in town. This is fun, sometimes he's stupid, but these comments were pretty funny, and SPOT ON:
March 15, 2008 -- TAMPA - It's one thing for owners to have a little back-and-forth like John Henry and Hank SteinbrennerThe-A-Rod-Gamble did recently in regard to Red Sox Nation vs. YankeesNew York Yankees Universe. It's another for a young player to take a shot at an owner.
That's what Jonathan Papelbon, 27, did in criticizing Steinbrenner.
"I don't know if he's trying to stir things up or not," the Bosox closer said. "I sure as hell don't care, because he sure as hell hasn't stepped on a baseball field. He needs to just stick to pencil-pushing, I guess."
Hammerin' Hank fired back yesterday.
"Being insulted by Papelbon is like being attacked by a mouse," Steinbrenner told The Post.
"John Henry and I traded a couple of jabs good-naturedly," he added. "So now, all of a sudden, this player, this 20-something kid who really doesn't know his way in the world, comes out with a personal insult. There's no excuse for that."
When was the last time you saw Derek Jeter criticize an owner? Steinbrenner did add that Papelbon "is one great pitcher." And he'd love to have him on his team.
"It was nothing personal against John [Henry], nothing personal against Larry [Lucchino], nothing personal against [Terry] Francona, nothing personal against the team or the fans," Steinbrenner said. "It was just a general comment that is the truth. I respect the Red Sox and their fans, but the Yankees are the most popular team in American sports. Ask Jerry Jones in Dallas, he'll tell you that. That's why they want to do business with us. So it's just a fact."
On The Tampa Bay Rays:
"I don't want these teams in general to forget who subsidizes a lot of them, and it's the New York Yankees , the Red Sox, Dodgers, New York Mets ," he said. "I would prefer if teams want to target the Yankees that they at least start giving some of that revenue sharing and luxury tax money back. From an owners point of view, that's my point.