Hank Steinbrenner is not deserving of the title of 'baseball royalty.' He's that toolbag that wins the lottery-the guy that Karma overlooked. If likability was measured in fresh Benjamins-Hank'd be Brett Favre. But likability? C'mon. What a bunch of (expletive) that is.
Joe Girardi, however, is another matter. The phrase 'a perfect fit' is tossed around a lot these days. Pau Gasol in the Laker rotation...perfect fit. Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football...not quite. Now, Girardi is not quite a perfect fit, but he's damned close. He's been down the egotistical owner road before, and in that roller-coaster season in Miami, Girardi persevered through Loria's idiocy and led his team, built around the success of youngsters, to a stunning Wild Card berth. Girardi seems the man to break in the likes of Hughes, Kennedy, and Chamberlain.
Ah, Hughes, Kennedy, and Chamberlain. No, I'm not prepared with a knockout threesome nickname. Perhaps...Fireballers cubed? Nah, math jokes are flat. However, these three are the Yankees right now. Not Rodriguez, not Jeter, not Crystal. A postseason berth relies on their success. Without them, this Pinstriper rotation is a Taiwanese import, an admitted Steroid user, and Mike Mussina. (Repeat "and Mike Mussina.")
Girardi, Steinbrenner, and a team is hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Has ESPN called about the miniseries yet?