Steinbrenners in talks to sell Yanks to Dolans

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James Dolan may be the next Yankee owner. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)

When Hank and Hal Steinbrenner took over control of the Yanks from their ailing father George, many fans feared the the family would try to cash in on their billion-dollar asset. Although Yankee fans knew the destructive tendencies wrought by King George during his team, they also came to love George’s singular focus on winning and knew that any other potential ownership group brought with it fears of a heavy hand and bad baseball minds.

Today, multiple New York media outlets confirm what we were dreading: The Steinbrenners are in talks with the Dolan family concerning the Yanks. Although neither side would confirm the talks, a source close to the Yanks said that a deal could be reached before the All Star Break. At that point, the other owners would have to vote to approve the deal.

“Ever since Hal and Hank were appointed co-chairs of the team,” the source said, “the family has been pressuring them to sale. With the Knicks and Rangers in their pockets, the Dolans seemed to be a logical choice, and James has been chomping at the bit to run a baseball team.”

Early reports indicate that the Dolans will pay upwards of $1 billion for a controlling share of the team and the final price could top $1.2 billion. Yankee Global Enterprises, the holding company controlled by the Steinbrenners that owns both the Yankees and YES Network, will hold onto the TV station for now. Considering that George paid $10 million to buy the Yankees in 1973, the family is certainly turning a pretty penny from their 36 years of ownership.

This isn’t the first time that the Dolans, owners of the lucrative Cablevision empire, have expressed interest in buying the Yankees. In late 1998, Steinbrenner and the Dolans were rumored to be close to a sale of the team. George would have gotten $600 million while retaining control over the Yankees, but the deal fell through in March of 1999 over George’s continued involvement with the Yanks. Ownership, it seems, won by winning since that sale didn’t happen.

As the Steinbrenners get rich, though, the franchise and its fans are in for a bumpy ride full of uncertainty. James Dolan, the chair of both Cablevision and Madison Square Garden, has developed a reputation as a hands-on owner who isn’t very good at installing top player managers. On his watch, the Rangers missed the playoffs every year from 1998-2005 despite leading the NHL in payroll. They still aren’t a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have been a walking disaster since the early 2000s. They haven’t finished a season above .500 in nearly a decade and haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990s. On Dolan’s watch, they suffered through the Isiah Thomas Era and spent millions on just one season of Larry Brown. The team has overpaid for overrated and old players, and Dolan was rated one of the worst owners in the league by Sports Illustrated.

Maybe this will work out for the best. Maybe the Yankees have too many good baseball minds in charge for the Dolans to ruin things. Maybe Cablevision will take a hands-off approach for its $1 billion investment. I can’t help but think though that we’ll miss the Steinbrenners more than we realize.

Sorry I mistook your announcement of a ghastly personal tragedy for an April Fool's joke

Update 12:05 p.m.: Please be aware that this is our annual April Fool’s joke. We started this tradition in 2007 when we predicted Roger Clemens’ return to the Yanks, took heat in 2008 when we swapped Kei Igawa into the rotation for Andy Pettitte and stopped hearts last year when we reported on a suspension for A-Rod.

That said, April Fool’s jokes are not always clear to all. An original version of this story cited Sports Business Journal and their staff writer Eric Fisher as the source of this supposed rumor, and to that end, we inconvenienced the sports trade publication and dragged them into our parody. We have since removed their names from this story and offer up our apologies for any inconvenience and confusion this may have generated. This report is nothing more than an April Fool’s joke.

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  • Andrew Fletcher

    Oh dear God.

    • Andrew Fletcher

      Well played, guys.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Got you, did they? ;-)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Maybe he meant “Oh dear God… is that an awesome joke that I totally didn’t fall for.”

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            Mmm…but the 2 separate posts a minute apart is kind of a give-away.

            I’ll give the benefit of the doubt, though.

            • Andrew Fletcher

              At first, yes. Then I caught on!

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

              “..is are kind of a give-away.”

              DFA me.

    • Omar

      Obvious joke is obvious.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Obvious joke is obvious.

    • Wilfie

      This would be a total disaster These people (The Dolans and Cablevision ) are incapable Nitwits Just look at what theyve done to the Knicks and Rangers The fans loyalty to their teams keeps them in business Putting an inferior product on the field MUST be more profitable than a winner This sucks if its true SAY IT AIN’T SO

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca from FLORIDA

    I really, really fucking needed this laugh.

    Thanks guys.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Oh Hell no

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      Oh goddammit it was before midnight when I last looked at my clock.

  • Beamish

    WORST. NEWS. EVER.

    • Beamish

      Oh…fuck me…it is after midnight…

      I hate you. LOL

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        It’s all good. Besides, we all know the worst move ever was when we signed Randy Winn.

        Mad season tickets were cancelled (sic), son!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Kabak brings the sizzle.

  • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam

    Everyone take a deep breath and check your calendar. Good work this year, Ben

  • BigBlueAL

    Speaking as a big a die-hard Knicks fan as I am a Yankee fan, I hope this is true!!!!

    • BigBlueAL

      Shit, forgot to add the LOL at the end.

  • ultimate913

    *looks at date*

    You had me going there, Ben.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Ben when this comes true I am going to hunt you down and make you watch Isiah Thomas era Knicks games until your eyes bleed. :P

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      /Clockwork-Orange’d?

  • Chris03

    Impressive.

  • Stryker

    was seriously considering jumping off the ledge, then looked at the date and time and slowly but surely backed away. well done, RAB.

  • aLex

    Well played ben well played…

  • Howie

    I don’t care what day it is… YOU SHOULD NEVER SCARE ME LIKE THAT!!!!!!!

    • YankeeJosh

      This reminds me how close the Dolans were to buying the Red Sox. If only…

  • PC

    Kabak, you owe me a pair of new boxers and 5 years of my life back.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    mryankee is gonna be FURIOUS when he hears about this.

  • Jonathan

    OMG…please..PLEASE! think of your readers in Kansas where it’s still March 31st..i got ill to my stomach..literally.

  • pat

    Dude, you can’t even joke about something like that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      FACT: he just did.

      • Greg G.

        …or maybe it’s all true…hmmm…

  • Mike HC

    The date and April fools did not even cross my mind before I read the title of this article. Right when I read the title, the idea of Dolan getting his hands on anything else was so ridiculous, I knew it had to be April fools.

    Still an entertaining, if not scary, article.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      My favorite part: Ben created a “James Dolan” tag, just for the article.

      The key to excellent satire/tomfoolery is in the details. Ben’s an artiste.

      • Mike HC

        He even went as far to link to the “Sports Business Journal,” which you need a subscription to view. He did not cut corners on this one.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Remember, it’s not a lie… if *you* believe it.

          /Costanza’d

  • chriskeo

    Oh my God Ben, if this wasn’t a family site, there are a lot of things I would say right now.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      There are a lot of things I’ve been waiting to say to you, Miss Gulch. And now…well..being a Christian woman, I can’t say ‘em!

      /Wizard-of-Oz’d

  • Greg G.

    This is a great read. Well done, Ben.

  • bexarama

    Fell for it for like two seconds. Remembered people had been talking about April Fools jokes a little while earlier. Looked at the date/time. Stopped falling for it. Whew.

    Well done, guys. Pretty hilarious.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      So you improved on your fake story recognition over the Scout X Grunt ‘n fart debacle, eh? :-)

      • bexarama

        Yes! I was proud of myself.

        Good lord I hate being the first comment on that article. Durrrrrrrr.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Maybe if you bribed one of the RABbis, they’d take it off. :-)

          Don’t feel bad, though, it took me awhile to figure that one out, too; like half-way through. I just hadn’t started commenting that much yet then…luckily for me.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    I just woke up from a nap (that started March 31) and I groggily clicked my RAB bookmark and as I saw the headline, my heart momentarily stopped. Even though I got that it was April Fool’s Day almost immediately after, the stun effect from the headline did it’s job.

    Well done indeed.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Yeah, my mouth was half-way open to scream or something when I remembered.

    I was expecting the joke post tomorrow AM, though, in my defense.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Dolan’s first act of business when the takeover is complete:

    Fire Cashman, replace him with hotshot young GM in the making Nomar Garciaparra

    • Mike HC

      Yea, Cashman is not nearly as fun to party with as ex ballplayers. Definitely needs to axe the computer nerds and bring back guys like David Wells and Reggie Jackson for prominent front office roles.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Garciaparra is an excellent Dolan move, all around. He’s a big name, and he has absolutely zero qualifications to actually run a team.

        We’d be a shitty organization, but we’d have lots of players with heart.

        Maybe some truck parties, as well.

        • A.D.

          Trade Jeter & Cano, eat the money and get Rosales & Kennedy to play up the middle. Pure Heart

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Isn’t a certain belligerent ex-Met-Minor-League-functionary available for hire?
          By the name of Tony?

          Seems like Dolan’s type.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            Nah, Dolan hires high profile people and lets them ruin things. He’d probably hire Steve Phillips.

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

              That works, too! :-)

              And then Phillips could hire Bernazard!

      • bexarama

        I now have a mental image of David Wells working in the FO for some baseball team.

        Thank you.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      More like Cashman leaves because DOLANS OH GOD and then they hire Bavasi and don’t fire him until he does something that gets the organization sued.

  • Meat Loaf

    You assholes got me with A-Rod last year, and this year it’s this. Truely masterful.

    Also, I just had a stroke. You’re paying my medical bills.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, it’s probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on … shame on you. Uh, fool me–wuh–can’t get fooled again.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        “…because a mind is a terrible thing.”

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Hmmm…apparently this is the actual quote:

          You take the UNCF model that what a waste it is to lose one’s mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.”

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Quayle

          I must’ve “mis-remembered” it.
          /Clemens’d

      • Meat Loaf

        I’m in a glass case of emotion!

  • BronxBomber44

    Well done. You got me, and owe me new underwear.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Wow…it wasnt until I read the comments that I realized this was a joke…I was absolutely horrifed.

  • Yankeemeg

    I’m glad I was drunk when I read this, Ben. I won’t remember it in the morning.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I can’t tell if your name is “Yankee Meg” or “Yankee me, G”.

      Either way, kudos.

    • pat

      Glad I’m not the only one who still comes to RAB while intoxicated.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        FACT: 90% of my posts are due to massive amounts of quaaludes.

        • pat

          I have no idea how that happened. I’m most definitely not involved.

          /Knows exactly how that happened. Definitely involved.

      • Mike HC

        I have a feeling there is a bunch of commenting while drunk or high, or drunk and high, going on here at all hours of the day.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          That would explain a lot!

          In 2 particular cases…is there a medication for multiple personalities?

  • Alex S

    i knew it was coming but i didn’t expect it until sometime in the afternoon. the midnight post caught me off guard. well played

    • RCK

      Yes. I think that was part of how they got me too.

      Nobody suspects the overnight post!

      • pat

        Or the Spanish Inquisition.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Our chief weapons…er…amongst our diverse weapons…

        • RCK

          And that’s not the only thing the overnight post and the Spanish Inquisition have in common!

          If you know what I mean.

          Which I don’t, so I hope you do.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            (checks self for pointy red hat and Cardinal Feng outfit…is relieved not to find one…)

            Ah! Got it! I’m in the comfy chair! Are you guys, also??

            That’s not it??

            (walks away dejected)

        • FL Yank

          That was so damn epic. Thank you so much.

  • A.D.

    Haha…not even sure the Dolan’s have 1B that they could use to actually buy the Yankees if they wanted to.

  • Kyle

    April Fools!

  • RCK

    Okay. I seriously said to my boyfriend just yesterday, “RAB always does an April fools post that I never fall for because I know what day it is.” And then I totally just fell for that!

    Thank you for the heart attack.

  • Do Not Feed The Trolls!
  • Brian

    if this weren’t April Fools…

  • Rogue Trader

    I read the whole thing with a broken heart. HAHA And i even told myself “dang why couldn’t they have waited 3 more years maybe i could of bought a share”. You got me man, very nice post.

  • Kevin G.

    Ugh, got me again. I even remember thinking last year when you did the A-Rod joke that you would never get me again. I guess not.

    • bexarama

      wasn’t the joke in 2007 that the Yankees had re-signed Roger Clemens? Heh, whoops.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        RABbis ≈ Nostradamus

  • mustang

    Second year in a row I’m such a dumb ass.

    Very well done.

  • Ellf87

    Thank G-d you guys caught onto the joke, b/c this article scared the shit out of me.

    • Ellf87

      without the comments i would not have caught on*

  • PaulF

    Here in Chicago it is not yet april fools day, so I don’t appreciate being brutally fooled.

  • Ojas

    WOW… i completely fell for it

    However, as I was reading I was wondering, wouldn’t it be stupid for the Steinbrenners to invest so much in YS3 and then sell the team a mere year after the ballpark’s first season?

    No excuses though, I was had. Well done.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    I especially enjoyed the e-card ad just below the faux-article!
    :-)

  • Will (the other one)

    On the plus side, Dolan looks like an even bigger douche than usual in the picture…

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    totally got me. ::embarassed::

  • Oti

    Completely fell for it until I clicked on the comments. Well done!

  • Salty Buggah

    Oh damn! This totally got me! I forgot that it’s April 1st tomorrow. I’ve been so consumed in college stuff that I’ve been forgetting dates lately.

    But this was a good one. Completely fooled me!

  • Captain Bawls

    You know, I live in Colorado and did not appreciate this.

  • Praveen

    My heart stopped beating for a second but then i realized what day it is

  • AJ

    I panicked and called everyone I knew. Now I look like a jackass. Well done.

  • RobertGKramer

    Does Jimmy’s uncle still own the Indians?

  • Angelo

    That was scary….glad thats over.

  • SullyLV

    While i was reading this story i could feel myself starting to get sick.Wasn’t even thinking about the time and date.YOU get me not funny,but very clever.

  • Joey

    FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I knew it was coming but actually believed this shit. FUCK YOU

    I hate the Dolans is the main reason I almost crapped myself.

    Ok, I really still love ya guys, but come on

    • Joey

      And BTW, given your track record of April fools jokes coming true (IIRC) you better pray to God this one never does, for the sake of me and every other Yankees fan

  • Rey22

    Oh my god. You guys gave me a HEART ATTACK and I’ve actually been on top of your jokes the past 2 years.

  • SF Yanks

    I seriously considered not being a baseball fan any longer. No joke. That’s how bad you had me. Well done.

    • kevin

      Same here. NOT FUNNY!

  • claybeez

    Got me. Damn. Well played.

  • Salty Buggah

    The real joke here? Now that he’s tricked everyone into thinking this is an April Fool’s Day joke, it’s…ALL TRUE!!!

    Seriously, that would be awesome (as a joke, not as reality)

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Don’t. You. Even. Go. There.

      Please.

  • BigBlueAL

    This just makes me more depressed as a Knicks fan the more that I think about it.

    • Joey

      Works the other way around too. “Dolan’s to sell Knicks to Steinbrenners, finally have competent ownership.” Fans hopes rise, get excited, then

      BOOM!

      April Fools

      • BigBlueAL

        Now Im even more depressed…

        • Joey

          Every time I get depressed about the Knicks I just think: at least Isiah’s not the coach/GM anymore…

          • BigBlueAL

            Very true. At least I have respect for Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni.

  • Frigidevil

    I literally went to check my blog list for any April fools jokes, and STILL was temporarily distressed. I still needed to scroll down juuuust to make sure it was really a joke. Well played.

  • Big Juan

    (golf clap)

  • ecksodia

    Didn’t get me, but that’s because I was expecting something from every site, just to be sure.

    But still, I loved the effort. The italicized Sports Business Journal up there is a nice touch, imo – if you weren’t fooled, you know it’s a nod to you, and if you were, well… That hooks you into it pretty much.

  • Tom

    Well played, my good fellow

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I’m not Steven Hawking or anything (spare the part about being paralyzed and still getting top-notch quantum trim) but that many of you were duped

    1) knowing it was April 1st or, at the very least, seeing the date on the top right saying “APR 1″ pretty prominently
    2) there being a big picture on the bottom with the words “April Fool’s”
    3) having the link of the source hit a paywall

    Really?

    Don’t get me wrong, solid job by Ben. But you guys need to read the directions before taking the test!

    Ben,

    That law school stuff will come in handy when you get letters in the mail from Sports Business Journal.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Parody. We’re all good.

    • Joey

      1) I’ve been crazy with school lately, thus the reason I’m checking RAB at 1 am, so the date kind of slipped my mind. That and rational thought completely escaped me when I read the name “Dolan” in the title and became very angry
      2) The big picture at the bottom saying “April Fool’s” was what gave it away at the end, if you’d prefer, Ben got me until that point…
      3) I read the post before I checked any links, and they link to pay sites all the time (ESPN’s Insider)

    • Salty Buggah

      1. It was 10 here in Colorado and I ignored the date (Also, for the past week, I’ve been thinking April 1st was Friday for some reason)
      2. You can’t see the pic from the homepage, which is how I read the post.
      3. Meh, rarely click on links anyway.

  • Brian

    Wow, good job but seriously don’t do this to me again lol…my heart went racing, I wanted to cry, I felt like puking, and jumped out of bed in my boxers and started running around the house yelling trying to find my brother to share the horrible news.

  • Justin

    Haha wow… my hard actually stopped for a fraction of a second before realizing this was a joke. Nice job!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      “…my hard actually stopped for a fraction of a second before realizing this was a joke. Nice job!”

      Heh.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        that’s some SERIOUS april foolage right there.

        • Justin

          HAHAHA… yeah I meant to do that… : )

          I know it’s too late now, but it’s supposed to say my “heart”.

          haha

  • adeelmd

    While reading the article i couldn’t help but think “so that’s who wants Joba in the pen”…. oh well.

  • jim p

    As I lie here on the floor gasping for air, waiting for the ambulance, I will laugh.

  • http://www.pileofwit.com The Doctor

    With the near heart attack that joke caused, it kind of puts the whole Joba thing in perspective. Sure, it sucks they’re screwing him up, assuming the worst, but hey, at least that’s the exception, not the rule, and you can’t say that about a lot of teams.

  • Jairus

    Woah.. Good thing I read the comments of readers here, you got me there Ben.

  • dkidd

    i actually got nauseous. best 4/1 post ever

  • BigBlueAL

    I just noticed a mistake in the post, the Knicks havent won a playoff game since 2000 not the 1990’s!!!! They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000 damnit!!!! My last year filled with good memories as a Knicks fan.

  • SteveD Fla

    SHIT !!!!!!!! Got me. That would be such a disaster.

  • Bryan

    FML lol. Nailed me before the comments section. Great job guys

  • In Girardi We Trust

    Messed. Up.

  • pollo

    i’d start rooting for the red sox. and im not even joking.

  • Tampa Yankee

    I fell for it hook, line and sinker! Well played gentlemen, well played!
    http://i5.photobucket.com/albu.....esClap.gif (safe)

  • Jammy Jammers

    haaaaaaaaa!

  • EJ Fagan

    You had me for awhile

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They got me TWICE now. Last year with A-Rod being suspended and this. Sigh.

  • theyankeewarrior

    100% fooled. Totally forgot this was April 1. And I just bought a car, so I’m in lala land after my first morning commute to work. That was awesome. Thanks.

  • Russell210

    You got me this year Kabak! 2nd year in a row from River Ave.

  • Hawkins44

    when you said “Dolan’s” I know….

  • http://thebronxbloggers.wordpress.com TheBronxBlogger

    Wow. I had a mini panic attack there. Didn’t even think about April Fools until I saw the comments.

  • KayGee

    Hopefully they sell to Dolan by mid-season. We all know he would never have let Damon go. He’ll get Damon back.

    //Bo’d

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Heh.

  • paul

    well played…muhahahahah

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    You motherfuckers.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      YOU ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THE BALL-LICKERS!!!!!!

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    i havent read any of this post or thread. april fools. nice try.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Spoilsport! :-p

  • Bo

    Nothing more played out than blogs doing AF posts.

    But anyway would this really be a bad thing? Dolan has shown that hes willing to spend whatever it takes to win ala George and he has shown extreme loyalty to the people in charge n lets them do their job. He doesnt meddle ala Jeff Wilpon and if he hires the right people it wouldnt be a bad thing. It would certainly beat some faceless corporation that only cares about the bottom line.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Well said, that’s a great post all around, Bo.

      (April Fools.)

    • CS Yankee

      OPERATION: Shutdown

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/03/spring-training-game-thread-twins-vs-yankees-in-progress-26025/#comment-818812 Jack

      Oh, come on Bo. We know you’ll regret these jokes when they’re gone.

  • Christos

    YOU ARE AN ASs! (Didn’t break caps lock rule)

  • YankCrank

    You totally got me, and I was in the process of shitting my paints and tweeting the article as bad Yankee news.

    Well done sir.

  • Cecala

    Damn, this guy is a genius at signing players. He had Wade Redden sign a 7 year contract! That really helped out the Rangers…

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      that was the gm not dolan

      • Cecala

        I doubt the gm did it behind the owners back.

  • Chris

    I heard they already announced their first trade: Jesus Montero for Ken Phelps.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      I heard they already announced their first trade: Jesus Montero for Ken Phelps. Stephon Marbury

  • Klemy

    I’m afraid I’ve become too skeptical on April 1st at this point in my life. I don’t believe anything I read until the next day at this point and it saps me of being any fun until the next day. :(

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      HEY ZOMG DID YOU SEE THAT GOOGLE CHANGED THEIR NAME TO “TOPEKA”?

      http://www.google.com

      MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS?!?!??!?!??!??!

  • Ian R. Levitt

    Now that my heart attack is over, HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY

  • Ivan R

    Evil. Straight up EVIL.

  • AJ

    So Tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size, we still on for the Nick Johnson/ Johnny Damon gentleman’s bet? I still say Damon misses less time than Johnson this year.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      april fool’s right?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Still on.

  • GGTM

    I agree Ivan … Evil is the right word!

    Thanks a lot guys … you just shaved a few years off my life!

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    I hate you all.

  • VO

    You guys got me again, well played Ben, well played. I knew it was coming but the way it was written with the links and such you really drew me in.

  • blisster

    i cried in my coffee, hook line sinker.

  • Sully

    That was good, almost too good; well done guys.

  • James

    So, this was an April Fool’s joke? I sure hope so.

  • Bman

    I was tricked, and sad. I had co-workers reading it with me, as I called them over thinking I was reading some bad news.

  • bonestock94

    I totally fell for it, holy crap.

  • Egghead71

    I fell for it bigtime, couldn’t believe no other news outlet had this.

  • Frank

    Holy crap, my heart has yet to begun beating again.

  • Tony in Albany

    oh god phewwwww wow you really had me there for a second, despite how outrageous and unfounded that seemed, I was sitting in my chair saying oh god, oh god noooo please no, until I read down. Well done fellas.

  • JFH

    lol! i was totally duped. i do not know how i fell for this. very funny.

  • KY Jeff

    got me! my hands are still shakeing

  • I HATE APRIL FOOLS

    I Hate this blasted date! I fall for your posts every year! And I this yr I didnt get around to the end and started to tell people. I hate you and I dont forgive you

  • Brian

    God damn it. I posted the article to my facebook page and sent it in numerous emails before readig the whole story. Well played, guys.

  • Dave

    This is great, I still have my friends going..wish I would have thought this up. Great Joke guys

  • SS
  • bob

    some things aren’t funny ! it’s upsetting even knowing it’s not true….

  • Pete C.

    Yeah for a second, all I could think about was the shit I was gonna hear Monday morning, from all the boston fans I work with.
    Gotta say this is right up there with Plimptons S.I. spoof.

  • 5th Starter

    Literally eleven hours later I just got it. I truly thought this real and I even called my dad in NY to tell him about it. But then I looked for it in other places on the net and was surprised that ESPN hadn’t mentioned it.

    You bastards got me so good. Nice work.

  • Joe L.

    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Noooooooooooo!! Well-played! LOL

  • Joe R

    OMG! NOOOOOOOO! The Dolans will do to the Yankees what they did to the Knicks and the Rangers…….Laughing stocks! In High School in the early 70’s, I was a big Knicks fan, but besides a failed attempt at the title in the early 90’s…where have the Knicks been? How can a team be so bad for so long? Please don’t do that to my Yankees!!!!