If you like Randy Levine’s greatest hits, like “Belittling Dellin Betances During Arbitration” and “Accidentally Inviting Donald Trump to Throw Out the First Pitch (On Purpose),” then you’ll love the Yankees president’s take on what the owners are facing during the MLB Lockout.
Levine has the unique perspective of being not a player and also not an owner, but definitely an extremely rich person with rich person concerns. And believe you me, he’s not on board with the idea that the pot must be sweetened for the average MLB player.
The executive, who also came under fire when he took it upon himself to argue against the unsealing of the Yankees sign-stealing letter in court, again put himself on a perch on Monday, joining the Michael Kay Show as the designated representative of the owners’ side during a lengthy interview attempting to explain the current holdup.
Even in a world designed to find fault with both sides’ economic complaints, Levine still managed to draw ire for putting his team’s finances — the literal New York Yankees — under the microscope.
While claiming ownership is currently united in their fight (something we know isn’t true based on Arte Moreno and Co.’s actions), Levine took to the microphone and tried to garner sympathy for his pack of billionaires.
It didn’t play well.
Randy Levine says the Yankees suffered massive losses from COVID, you guys.
Everyone, if you can, take a moment of silence for the Yankees’ finances. Surely, the behemoth of a Major League Baseball team is doing much worse than the stadium workers who lost money for the entirety of 2020 and are now being punished yet again, as the owners keep the players locked out and the league shut down.
All this is to say: we are sure that losing gate receipts, along with many other financial windfalls, during a raging pandemic was very annoying for billionaires. But their financial loss is a drop in the money bucket compared to what was experienced/is still being experienced by those they are currently depriving of income.
When pressed on whether the 2022 season in its entirety was in jeopardy, Levine put on his shocked face and acted aghast.
This was the one point he was correct on. It would be a mind-boggling and horrid thought to lose 162 games because the two sides couldn’t meet in the middle on the CBT line at $229 million.
Unfortunately for Levine and the poor, poor, pitiful Yankees, it was the owners who locked out the players, instigated this whole thing, then stayed silent for 43 days while trying to win the PR war.