TAMPA, Fla. — Hal Steinbrenner says he’s had lunch a couple times with Steve Cohen, that he seems like a nice, down-to-earth guy, and Steinbrenner acknowledges that New York’s a better city when both baseball teams are thriving.
The Yankees owner suddenly has a new shadow to chase, one far more tangible than that cast by his late father, whose epic spending sprees and tabloid-ready tirades fueled great interest in the ballclub and eventually resulted in four titles over five glorious years nearly a quarter-century ago.
While it’s chic to compare Hal to George when the Yankees come up short on the roster and in October – as they have every year since 2009, the final full year with the Boss in the owners’ box – it’s not entirely fair. The two men helmed the franchise through different eras, and Hal bears a greater familial burden than George, who answered to only himself.
In second-year Mets owner Cohen, though, Steinbrenner finds a more apples-to-apples comp, given that…