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Yankees official pledges $50 million for Dominican stadium, which is news to the Yankees

Jul 2, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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Or: Great Moments in promising $50 million of your employer’s money without him knowing about it. From the Daily News:

[Felix] Lopez, the Yankees’ executive vice president and chief international officer, took part in a press conference in the Dominican Republic on Monday to help make an announcement about a new privately funded $50 million baseball stadium outside of La Romana.

There was only one problem: the Yankees didn’t know anything about the project.

Lopes is Hal Steinbrenner’s brother-in-law. This is gonna make the Fourth of July picnic at the Steinbrenner house kinda awkward.

(h/t BTF)

  1. 161andriver - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Now being the Daily News, i take it with a grain of salt. But if it is indeed true, it’s somewhat indicative of how fractured and split the power structure of the Yankees front office seems to be.

    • joshshaine - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Don’t blame the Daily News *this* time!

      http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2013/7/1/48145/Yankees-to-build-US120M-baseball-tourism-complex-in-Dominican-Republic

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        I see a tap in the head coming if he said that.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Okay, all together now: Lopez should just…..

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      leave arod alone?

      I’m terrible at these games…

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        I think that’s an appropriate answer.

      • anthonyverna - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        It’s amazing how we finish each other’s. . . .

        . . . sandwiches?

    • Joe - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Shut the f— up, Gator.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Don’t forget to bring the potato salad to the picnic. Just not German potato salad.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        What’s wrong with German potato salad?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Just not my up of tea. But daytime television sure gets interesting. Watching a documentary on fight clubs where they use keyboards and such.

  3. pisano - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    They should be more concerned with their stadium, with the way they’re playing, there’s a lot of empty seats.

  4. nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Sounds like another “STFU moment” in the making…

  5. specialkindofstupid - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Maybe I missed it, but how does Alex Rodriguez fit into all of this?

  6. pizzadawg - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Anxiously awaiting the NYDN article asking “How would The Boss react to this??”

    • Jeremy T - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Fire half of his staff and probably kick an orphan or something, obviously.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Nah, fire half his staff and replace them with some orphan that caught his eye is more George’s style.

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Maybe he should place his backside in a chair and close his mouth hole.

  8. bigharold - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Lopez should think back and remember what happened to Steve Swindel. One screw up and he went from running the Yankees to Steve who?

    • joshshaine - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Steve who?

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