Via Bob Raissman:
The narrative will also hinge on whether Santana can take the Mets to the final stage of October – first. There’s a lot at stake for all involved, including Cashman, who has finally revealed himself to be a very prickly guy when it comes to dealing with those daring to dissent.
Thursday, as the Yankees introduced $243.5 million worth of ammo – Sabathia and A.J. Burnett – the melodramatic tale of Cashman’s bridge from Santana to CC began to unfold.
“It took a lot of pain,” Cashman said while being interviewed on the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network. “And certainly a lot of hits going through the process.”
After wiping away tears, we figured the “pain” and “hits” Cashman spoke of came from columnists, commentators and other assorted mouths who questioned his decision to invest heavily in Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy last season. In doing so, Cashman authored the Yankees’ version of the Wall Street collapse. He took a shot and lost. Happens to the best of them.
Cashman failed miserably and deserved to be pounded.
Hey, no one is always right. Cashman said Thursday’s coronation was really just the “completion of a concept,” an overall strategy, dating back at least a year, leading to Sabathia putting on the pinstriped jersey. If he didn’t pass on Santana, he doesn’t get CC. That’s what the GM was saying. Cashman was convincing. He spoke with conviction. Still, if this was his plan all along, why all the “pain”? Why even care about the “heat”?
It was a long time coming, but Cashman’s slip, er, thin skin began showing in early October, when he agreed to stay on as Yankees GM. His rap reminded of us of a line Mike Tyson used after vanquishing another opponent. Tyson would say: “How dare they challenge me with their primitive skills.”
Cashman was equally condescending to his perceived media adversaries last October during an XM Radio interview with Rob Dibble and Kevin Kennedy. Cashman called writers he disagreed with “lazy” and “idiots.”
“(I) read some of the stuff that some of these idiots are writing. I started seeing a couple of interesting articles show up from some lazy writers that aren’t good at what they do,” Cashman said on XM.
“And I was like, you know what, maybe that’s where my motivation (for staying with the Yankees) is going to come from,” Cashman said. “I’m like, guys, if you’re going to do that, then I can either let that happen as I walk out the door…or I can stay and change the story. And I’m going to stay and change the story. At least that’s my intent.”
Cashman’s “intent” is to change the story. But he can’t write it. Not now. Not ever. No matter how he strikes back, or how much pressure others in the Yankees front office might foolishly attempt to apply, there will always be a place for opinions and reporting that the organization won’t agree with.
That ain’t ever going to change.
No matter who is in charge.
Even after what amounted to a disastrous season for the Yankees, Cashman – new contract and all – has returned with even stronger powers. You don’t hear much from Hankenstein, who was a constant irritant to Cashman, do you? That’s likely not by coincidence.
Fortunately, Cashman’s power can be used only inside the Yankees organization. To those in the media who chose not to genuflect, those not clamoring for access, Cashman is just another businessman, another self-righteous suit.
Even the “idiots” can now see that.
This story was not subject to the approval of WasWatching.com or its authors. But, if anyone had asked, I would have gladly approved it.
Shining a light on Mr. Cashman is always a good thing, if you ask me.