Tampa insiders say Hank Steinbrenner has begun to peel off his commitment to his father's franchise, a repeat of what happened many years ago. Felix Lopez, who is married to Steinbrenner's daughter Jessica, has plowed through that hole like LaDainian Tomlinson.
Lopez sat in on Tuesday's meeting and has managed to involve himself in a potpourri of issues - from the plans for the new Yankee Stadium to the Yankees' ties to Latin America to the organization's Internet concerns. Jessica Steinbrenner now has a Legends Field office as well.
So if Hal Steinbrenner still is the Yankees' Man Who Would Be Boss, now that Steve Swindal is out of the picture, Lopez nonetheless has gained more power and access than many anticipated.