We thought we knew where we saw Hank Steinbrenner’s nascent managerial style before when he showed flashes of his father with his vitriolic rants. We’ve been flogging this as the Retro Yankees for months now, with the return of the old Steinbrenner kneejerk reactions and roster flailing, though we know it’s supposed to be some kind of Sister Sledge system there now.
(Alleged photo of Hank Steinbrenner in business school)
However, we’re now convinced we’ve seen his method of leadership elsewhere since we read this brilliant quote from him:
“They’ve got to play smarter and harder… The injuries make a huge difference. At the same time, you’ve got to get it done. We still have plenty of good hitters. We need to get the job done.”
Work harder and smarter for success? Get the job done? Really? That’s the leadership skill set you’re bringing to the table, Hank? Vague demands for greatness while letting the underlings explain what “playing smarter and harder” means? Do they strap a thesaurus to their gloves? Viva Viagra bats? Is this how you inspire the troops, General Hank Patton?
And now we know, despite all the bluster and fuming, whose leadership style Hank really emulates: