Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner doesn't speak publicly very much these days, a great departure from his father, but there's at least one way he wishes the Yankees would emulate past times.

"We need to hit more consistently, we need to pitch more consistently, we have to do everything more consistently," he said Monday at the Hank's Yanks Golf Classic, a charity event at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Donald Trump's new golf course in the Bronx. "So far you can't be unhappy . . . [But] we're going to keep improving and improving and improving to get back to where we were in the '90s."

Steinbrenner, who once was known for his candor but now opines less on the daily goings-on of his team, said he isn't surprised by the Yankees' success. Despite being only six games over .500, they're in first place in the AL East.

"I expected us to be good and maybe even a little better record than we've got right now," he said. "Last year, I wasn't sure . . . We'll see what happens now."

It's clear that Steinbrenner is not displeased with his team but, in a move befitting his father, he wants more.

"We've been up and down . . . and a lot of teams in baseball have been up and down," he said. "The interesting thing is that we've got the third-best record in the league . . . Even the good teams are hovering and are not that far over .500. Really, there are a few standout teams and that's it, recordwise, but we need to be more consistent. We do."

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Steinbrenner fielded questions about his relationship with Trump, which dates to his father, and said he is a loyal friend, adding "I am loyal to my friends." He also pointed out Trump's charity work.

The two, along with former mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a number of former players, held the event to benefit the Hank's Yanks Baseball Foundation, the Kenneth A. Smaltz Sr. Foundation for Alzheimer's Care, and the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Foundation.

Alex Rodriguez also was on hand but declined to answer questions about an All-Star berth.