…and I had this crazy dream where Yankees Assistant G.M. Jean Afterman reportedly went into the clubhouse of the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate for the Yankees, and she ripped off her shirt during a team meeting. Immediately afterwards, the Yankees organization attempted to extinguish reports on the story although the New York media ran crazy with it. (The back page of The Post carried the headline “Yanks Brass Special: Two Fried Eggs, Grade AA” the day after the incident with Afterman happened.)
Eventually, the Yankees had no choice and dismissed Afterman. And, then, it really got wacky. During a press conference to address the termination, Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman accused former Yankees beat writer Moss Klein for causing all this trouble – despite the fact that Klein had been off the Yankees beat since 1992 – claiming that Klein once asked former Yankees G.M. Harding Peterson (who is also the father of former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson) for a job in the Yankees orgainzation, was turned down, and never really got over it. As Cashman put it at the press conference:
I had gone up to Westchester. I go there every Tuesday. I do charity for the blind in my spare time for the Lighthouse. I was in the middle of a game of Parcheesi with an old blind man and I excused myself to return a text message from Moss Klein as he was very depressed lately because he never became a Yankee. You see, it’d been his lifelong dream to be a Yankee, and, he, uh, just the day before he was turned down by another Yankees ballclub. I believe it was the Manufacturer’s Hanover Yankees for a Little League in Teaneck. That was the third Yankees team to turn him down so I was…I was a little concerned. I wanted to see how he was doing. Well, members of the media, he was barely texting. But I distinctly recall him writing…if Afterman goes topless in Trenton one day, and the story gets out, can I have her job?
Like I said, crazy dream, huh? I wonder what the heck brought that all on? Oh, well, as Jean Afterman, in the dream, reportedly said to Trenton Thunder catcher Jesus Montero during her meeting there, “Ta-ta for now…”