Joel Sherman of the New York Post talks to Hal Steinbrenner about all of this:
“No way The Boss would do that. He would do whatever was necessary to win a title — damn financial common sense.”
I’m not so sure. George Steinbrenner was a lot of things, but a dumb businessman was not one of them. He turned a small investment — with a lot of other people’s money — into a franchise worth more than a billion dollars. During the years he was running the team actively he never had to face the severe luxury tax implications the Yankees face next year if they don’t get under $189 million. I don’t think it’s at all reasonable to say that George would act differently.