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IT IS NOT POLITE TO MOVE A TEAM WITHOUT BEING ASKED
Published August 9, 1995
Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner said if the state of New Jersey wants the Yankees, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is going to have to invite the team to move, according to the Bergen RECORD. Record Columnist Bill Pennington writes, "This is high school stuff: Christie wants to ask George to the senior prom but is afraid he may turn her down, or worse, use her offer as a ploy to get a better one." Pennington speculates Steinbrenner and Whitman will reach a compromise by which Steinbrenner will declare the Yankees will leave Yankee Stadium when his lease expires in 2002. This will open the bidding for the team and NJ will be able to "unveil its already designed, researched, printed and bound plans for a Yankee Stadium west of the Hudson River." Meetings have reportedly already "being called" for NJSEA officials and Steinbrenner. Pennington: "A new Yankee Stadium in New Jersey would be a classically simple case of a product moving closer to its market" (Bergen RECORD, 8/9).