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Great Moments in “What Would The Boss Do?”

Mar 12, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT


We’ve noted in the past that whenever a Yankees’ columnist is hurting for material that the easiest move is to simply observe what’s happening with the Yankees, pretend that George Steinbrenner is still alive and then say “The Boss would hate this!” or “The Boss would love this!” or “Oh my gosh, what would The Boss think if he could see this?!”

The latest entry in this genre: Joel Sherman, who takes a look at yesterday’s “Brian Cashman would like to sign Chipper Jones” thing and grafts The Boss onto it. And he gets a double out of it: both “The Boss would love this” and “The Boss would hate this”

The Boss would have loved it all, the outside-the-box approach and the star chase. But he certainly would not have Jonesed for the reasons why.

Whatever. I’m just wondering how long Steinbrenner will have to be dead before people stop viewing all Yankees’ news through the filter of his memory. My current estimate: a gabillion years.

In other Chipper/Yankees news, Jones got 4,000 new Twitter followers yesterday simply because of some offhand comments by Brian Cashman. And he’s so thrilled with it that he’s publicly asking his friend David Ross to start up some Chipper-to-the-Red Sox rumors to keep the momentum going.

  1. sdelmonte - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Why can’t we ask “what would Stengel do?” instead.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      It’s not quite lazy or obvious enough for a New York “reporter.”

      • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Craig is just mad because Cash is planning a long distance
        call to Chipper, don’t lose any sleep Craig, he won’t wear the pinstripes.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      because George was a winner and he wasn’t afraid to tell you that.
      I don’t see how this became a story.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Well, people still run by WWJD, and that’s like 2000 years old or something, so maybe we’re just in our WWGSD infancy.

  3. digbysellers - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Steinbrenner’s dead?!

  4. gza385 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I’m wondering how long it’ll be before people stop taking the NYDN’s atrocious writing and embarassing excuses for sports writers seriously. My current estimate: a gabillion years

    • gza385 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I see Joel Sherman works for the NY Post. Same thing, really.

      • mybrunoblog - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        You know the NY sports media scene so well but you don’t know Sherman writes for the Post? That’s right he’s only been there for 24 years. My guess is you haven’t read NY paper in your life but you enjoy dribbling nonsense about reporters and columnists you have never read.

  5. macjacmccoy - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Whats it like down there? I Bet its clammy, stinks, and oddly bald. But for some reason half the commenters on here have seemed to of made it their home.

    • macjacmccoy - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Get off Craig’s nuts.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    • nolanwiffle - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      I think you meant…… “seemed to HAVE made it their home.”

      The way you wrote it might suggest that you’re somewhat ignorant.

    • gza385 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      I wonder how The Boss would react if he read this. Maybe Joel Sherman can provide some input?

  6. Old Gator - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I suspect there’d be fewer recourses to the immortal (though dead) Boss if it wasn’t his own kids running the team into one personnel cul-de-sac after another. Unfortunately, George doesn’t seem to care for Ouija Scrabble so I haven’t been able to draw him to the board and solicit his own opinion. Then again, as William Butler Yeats wrote of MacGregor Mathers, “A ghost lover he was / and may have grown more arrogant being a ghost.”

    You want a hilarious thought meanwhile? Imagine Scrooge McLoria owning the Borg….

  7. millmannj - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Bill Madden wrote a lazy column last week in the Daily News. Said the Yanks should swing a trade for Chase Headley or Giancarlo Stanton. As if the Marlins or Padres would just give their best player to the Yankees because NY has a need. Let’s say, for a moment, SD & Miami did make either player available, the Yanks have absolutely nothing of value to offer in return. But you see this type of column at least 5 times a season.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      SD & Miami did make either player available, the Yanks have absolutely nothing of value to offer in return.

      The Yanks don’t have any prospects or young pitchers they could trade? That’s news to most Yankee fans…

    • 2077james - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Its typical Yankee arrogance behind columns like that. Like the way they talk about “The Boss”, “The Stadium” wearing “the pinstripes”. Like no other team has any of those things.

      • Old Gator - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Note all uppercase T’s: THE Boss, THE stadium, THE pinstripes.

        No. No other team has any of those things.

      • 4cornersfan - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        No other team has earned them.

    • daisycutter1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I hate to break the news to you, but baseball writers nationwide will propose trade ideas in their columns. And not all their ideas are good ones.

      Hard to believe, I know.

  8. albertmn - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    “What would the Boss do?” will last as long as the family owns the team. If/when they sell the team to someone else, references to Steinbrenner will fade away. But, likely not before then. His greatgrandchildren could own the team someday and they will still ask the same questions.

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