The guys at Respect Jeter’s Gangster discover the best plan to avoid getting traded. Just threaten to punch your boss’ horse.
â€œIâ€™ve never folded under pressure,â€ said Yankees co-chairperson Hank Steinbrenner. â€œBut this was something different.â€
Steinbrenner, who has looked to trade Igawa since his troubled beginning, found himself unable to make the trade because of the unusual leverage Igawa had over him.
â€œI got home one day,â€ Hank said, â€œand I was going through my mail and I found a letter without a return address. I opened it up, and all it said was â€˜If you trade me, I will punch your horse.â€™ It included a picture of my prize horse Tornado Thunder and a masked person wearing a boxing glove. I couldnâ€™t tell it was Kei Igawa, but I suspected it was him.â€
Go read the rest of this interview with Hank. It sounds like a lost Seinfeld script, with Barry Bonds and the Yankees finance guy as suspects.