Bronx isn't burning ... yet

Bill's Rant

April 22, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

It's a little early for the Reign of Terror to begin up in the Bronx, but I'll take my chuckles where I can find them.

Steinbrenner the Lesser, the chip off the old block known as Hank, is in full-throttle Robespierre mode now that the Yankees are just 10-10 and 3 1/2 games out of first in the American League East (we can all hope that losing two of three to the Orioles also helped).

Team co-chairman Hank is especially upset that Joba Chamberlain is still working out of the Yankees' bullpen rather than starting. New York manager Joe Giradi apparently disagrees, and so does general manager Brian Cashman.

However, Hank is pretty blunt about the matter, using the I-word (idiot) to get his point across.

"You don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy," Steinbrenner said. "You just don't do that. You have to be an idiot to do that."

You know, that must have made Joe Torre's day.

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