Via the AP -
Brian Cashman thinks the Yankees should rally around Alex Rodriguez following a book in which former manager Joe Torre portrayed A-Rod as a divisive figure in the New York clubhouse.
“I think we’ve gone through so much of the Alex stuff that, you know, if anything, maybe this brings people closer together,” Cashman said Monday during a conference call to announce Andy Pettitte was returning to the team in 2009.
In “The Yankee Years,” scheduled for publication Feb. 3, Torre says “Alex monopolized all the attention” and that “he needs people to make a fuss over him.”
New York hasn’t been to the World Series since Rodriguez put on pinstripes.
“There’s always going to be some controversy that surrounds this club,” Cashman said. “The best way to try to deal with it is, I guess, rally around each other the best you can if there’s real feelings there.”
Cashman said that when Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2007 season, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Pettitte all urged him to re-sign A-Rod.
“That was real,” Cashman said. “It was offered up.”
…I think we’ve gone through so much of the Alex stuff…
…Cashman said that when Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2007 season, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Pettitte all urged him to re-sign A-Rod…
What, no Jeter? Oh, yeah, that’s right…I forgot.
And, for the record, was it not Cashman who said: ‘If A-Rod opts out, he’s gone – and we will not chase after him’ when Rodriguez was approaching the end of 2007? (And, then, Hank Steinbrenner decided to listen to Rodriguez, when he came crawling back, and gave Alex that insane contract.)
And, now, Cashman is painting this picture where he supposedly was the air traffic controller coordinating all this lovey-dovey feedback from the Yankees troops, for A-Rod, when he opted out of his contract?
Holy Harvey Dent Batman! Maybe Joe Torre is right about this guy?