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No wonder owner George Steinbrenner's patience is running thin. With a payroll that borders the value of some smaller franchises, The Boss expects a title every year. With a drought reaching half-a-decade, Steinbrenner's frustrations are boiling over, which is why he guaranteed a World Series title this year.
Eric Neel: "Pitching wins championships, George. Pitching wins championships. Check the game log on the White Sox run. Note that four-for-four march to the sea in the ALCS. Is this crew capable of something like that? Is this crew going to be intact come October?"
March 6, 2006
Digging a little deeper
George Steinbrenner: "We're going to win it this year. We're going after it."
Feb. 22, 2006
Steinbrenner predicts World Series win
Peter Gammons: "So a lot of people other than the transplanted New Yorkers here care about their spring training team. And, even with the small sample known as pitchers and catchers, what they see is a 2006 Yankees team with reasons for some optimism."
Feb. 19, 2006
Yankees need vintage Big Unit