Not content to let his team president criticize revenue-sharing recipients as "on welfare," Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner upped the ante to red-baiting yesterday:

“At some point, if you don’t want to worry about teams in minor markets, don’t put teams in minor markets, or don’t leave teams in minor markets if they’re truly minor,” Steinbrenner said. “Socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer.”

Where to begin? By wondering if Steinbrenner really wants to go back to eight-team leagues, and if he then plans to give back his share of league expansion fees, not to mention TV revenues made possible by small-market viewers? Noting yet again that the Yankees are already the league leaders at playing with other people's money? Boggling that the owner of the New York Yankees now appears to be taking his talking points from Glenn Beck, if not John Milius?

In any case, Bud Selig is evidently not amused.