TAMPA, Fla. — Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal sat quietly in the back of a conference room Thursday at the ballpark that bears her father’s name. The Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi, gave his annual spring training address, hopeful his team could do better after three years in a row without taking part in a playoff series. Nobody asked about his job security.
Times changed a long time ago for the Yankees. George Steinbrenner is memorialized with a statue in front of the main staircase here, elevated and imposing forever. Derek Jeter and the gang are part of a mural adjoining the minor league complex, a reminder to motorists on Dale Mabry Highway of their gilded legacy.
Across the state, in Port St. Lucie, the Mets speak openly, and realistically, about returning to the World Series and winning….