The New York Daily News tried to hit a home run this morning and got plenty of people talking with a story that said the $2.175 billion sale of the Dodgers has the Steinbrenner family seriously thinking about a sale of the Yankees. There's talk in New York a sale of the Bronx Bombers could bring close to $3 billion, which would be a tidy profit when you consider the late George Steinbrenner bought them from CBS in 1973 for a mere $8.8 million.
(My thought: Exactly who are they figuring to pony up and spend $2.5-$3 billion? Lo and behold, the Daily News offered some suggestions too)
Managing partner Hal Steinbrenner released a statement in response to the article that reads, "I just learned of the Daily News story. It is pure fiction. The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come."
That seems pretty definitive, doesn't it? We'll see.
The Boomer & Carton Show this morning on WFAN in New York had Yankees COO Lonn Trost and Daily News writer Bill Madden on to discuss the story. Naturally, they had quite different views.
Speaking of the Yankees, be sure to check out today's story on the Triple-A version's trip into town tonight. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will be the home team the next four days while playing the Bisons in Coca-Cola Field. Look for a more in-depth feature on the odd situation in Friday's editions of The News.