George is getting angry

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Tonight, the New York Yankees get to see the ball park formerly known as the SkyDome.

It will be loud -- thanks to fans from Lackawanna, Lockport and North Tonawanda, N.Y.

It will be bright due to the new JaysVision, which makes it look like Times Square as opposed to the old library affect of the SkyDome.

Yet, it will be nothing like the noise they left behind in New York.

And we don't mean Yellow cabs honking at red lights.

After dropping eight of their first 12 games the Best Team Money Can Buy was admonished by owner George Steinbrenner Sunday night.

Steinbrenner is paying almost $200 million US in player salaries. He had a right not to be upset with seeing them sit last in the American League East.

It has been a rough spell for Steinbrenner. Think of it, Boston Red Sox fans saw a World Series, five months ago, while throughout the five boroughs there are four-year-old sons of Yankee fans who have never seen their team win a World Series.

The Sox rid themselves of their curse with a historic rally from a 3-0 deficit against Boston in the American League Championship Series.

The Yanks opened at home taking two of three from the Sox, but in Boston they dropped two out of three.

Closer Mariano Rivera has been closing games so well against the Sox he was given sarcastic cheers at Fenway.

Fenway fans aren't even allowing right-fielder Gary Sheffield to field the ball unmolested. Boston management has taken the tickets away from the fan.

And then the Yanks were swept by the Baltimore Orioles last weekend.

Citing the enough-is-enough clause to inspire his team, Steinbrenner said, "I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankees fans are by the lack of performance by our team.

"It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around."

On the Steinbrenner eruption scale, it's maybe a four, or a five if you like the beat.

It's nowhere near his spats with Billy Martin or nick-naming Dave Winfield 'Mr. May' after a woeful post-season or even ripping National League umps for being against the Yanks in spring training or claiming he told GM Brian Cashman to sign free-agent David Ortiz in 2003.

Where was Ortiz going to play with Jason Giambi at first and Nick Johnson at the DH spot?

The stressful thing about this for some Yankees is how the owner lays the blame at Torre and his complete coaching staff.

Fire a coach and that makes the Yanks better?

Sure, the Jays have tried that, an in-season banging of pitching coach Rick Langford and a couple of years.

They even made trainer Scott Shannon an ex-trainer.

Steinbrenner knows when to deliver a tirade ... it's like when do you fire a manager when next up are some softies.

Steinbrenner blasted the team on Monday. The Yanks beat the Tampa Bay DevilRays 19-8.

Headline:

Boss speaks

Yanks listen.

They are still the best, they will still win 100 games.


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