Maybe he just doesn't want to hear any possible bad news, but Hal Steinbrenner does not plan to ask Mariano Rivera what he intends to do after this season, nor does the New Boss plan to try to talk him out of anything.
"I have no plans to sit down with Mariano," Steinbrenner told MLB.com. "I want him focused on this year. I'm focused on this year. I have no plans to have a conversation with him. We have enough things to worry about right now. At some point, I'm sure we'll talk. I don't know when that will be. I think he's focused on the task ahead as well."
For some reason, I think Hal's dad, The Boss, might have handled this a little differently, but you know what? It probably wouldn't have made any difference. Whatever Mo's decision is, he seemed pretty firmly set on it the other day in the clubhouse.
You can read the rest of the story, by Barry Bloom, here.
In the meantime, how do you think Hal should handle this? With flattery? Threats? Begging? Money? Or all of the above?