Prince Hal: We let our fans down

November, 16, 2011
11/16/11
2:03
PM ET
Hal Steinbrenner arrived at the Pfister Hotel shortly after noon, and stopped to chat for a few minutes while carrying his own luggage to the elevator.

His assessment of the Yankees season: "We had the best record in the American League. I’m certainly not happy with . . . we let the fans down in the playoffs, there’s no doubt about it. And they know that, and I know that and (Brian Cashman) knows that. But our team from last year for the most part is intact. There’s some concerns and we’re going to address them.''

Among the topics he discussed:

--whether the failure of Kei Igawa would deter the Yankees from signing Yu Darvish: "Uh, no, it will not. Every person's different, every player’s different. We’re going to look at every single one. We’re going to look at every single option and we’re going to analyze it, whether it’s go or no go. We look at each person as an individual, each player, that’s not going to affect anything, at least not for me.''

--on the importance of Alex Rodriguez: "I think we all need Alex to be Alex again. The fans expect it, the fans want it. Alex expects it. And he knows that. Nobody’s harder on himself than him. He will show up in spring ready to play. He’ll be in shape and he’ll be doing his work. He knows he needs to do better than that.''

--on the possibility the Yankees will make no major free-agent signing this winter: "Well, look, I think getting CC Sabathia back was a big thing, a big thing for our fans, a big thing for out club. It’s just too early for that. It wouldn’t surprise me if we did, it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t. I hate to be vague but it is mid-November.''

-- and on whether he would be willing to trade away some of the Yankees prospects, e.g. Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, to plug some of the remaining holes in his roster: ''I think every team would prefer to keep their prospects but that's not always the way it works out. So every decision's going to be different. I just need to determine what’s put in front of me. I got to look at it, how much do we need it, how do we get it, and go from there. And if we have to trade away prospects, which we’ve certainly done in the past, or we don’t. But we’d all prefer to keep them.''

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Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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