Report: Sox make Hank a Member

Red Sox ownership has granted new Yankees boss Hank Steinbrenner membership into Red Sox Nation, Sox principal owner John Henry confirmed in an e-mail to the Boston Herald.

I’m a big Hank fan,” Henry wrote to the Herald. “Just to ensure he knows how cool Red Sox Nation is, [Saturday] we officially inducted him as a member of Red Sox Nation and we are sending him his membership card giving him access to an array of options including our newsletter, bumper stickers, pins, Green Monster seats and a hat personally autographed by David Ortiz.”

Steinbrenner drew the ire of Sox fans everywhere this week with a quote that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times’ Play magazine.

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“Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of [expletive] that is,” Steinbrenner told the magazine. “That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans.Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”