NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The new boss is riding a $189 million locomotive into a neighborhood where the Dolans and the Wilpons have presided. It is a place where owners are shunned, slighted and held in disdain by the kingdoms they preside over.
Hal Steinbrenner is about to face a fan base that was raised at the knee of his father. The venom Hal will encounter from the masses will contain the psychological residue of years of worshiping The Boss' mantras.
You can already hear the throngs, channeling George, "$189 million? This better work -- or else!"
Hal has called an audible on the family legacy and, ultimately, it may result in a smarter, sleeker version of what the Boss' model of win or destruction. Sensibly, as a businessman, Hal wants to pocket the near $50 million that would come in luxury tax and revenue savings by dropping payroll below $189 million by 2014.
In the meantime, the Yankees must withstand the pain of guys like Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger slipping through their clutches as every penny must be preserved as the Winter Meetings conclude.
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