NEW YORK — Yankees owner George Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Torre and GM Brian Cashman on Monday, challenging players and staff “to show me and the fans what they are made of” following a start he termed “clearly not acceptable.”
“The season is still very young, but up to now the results are clearly not acceptable to me or to Yankee fans,” Steinbrenner said in a statement. “However, Brian Cashman, our general manager, Joe Torre, our manager, and our players all believe that they will turn this around quickly.
“I believe in them. I am here to support them in any way to help them accomplish this turnaround. It is time to put excuses and talk away. It is time to see if people are ready to step up and accept their responsibilities. It is time for all of them to show me and the fans what they are made of.
“Let’s get going. Let’s go out and win and bring a world championship back to New York. That’s what I want.”
Tomorrow, the Yankees start a three game series against Texas and then come back home for a weekend series against Seattle. If those go well and the pitching staff gets healthy again, Torre should be safe at least until the All-Star break.? If not, anything can happen.