Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a frog!
Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog, it’s just little ‘ole Cash, Underdog!
Via the Stamford Advocate:
It appears New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman isn’t afraid of heights.
The Stamford Downtown Special Services District has announced Cashman will join this year’s Heights and Lights event as a celebrity guest elf, accompanying Santa Claus on a 22-floor rappel the Landmark Building.
“Brian Cashman will be there with smiles and his Yankee jacket, rappelling,” said Sandy Goldstein, director of the DSSD.
Santa Claus is rarely unaccompanied in his acrobatic 350-foot descent down the side of the Landmark Building, a Stamford tradition.
While the man in red is often escorted by the Grinch and Rudolph, this is the first time a member of the Yankees franchise is to take the plunge.
Cashman, who lives in Darien, mentioned at a DSSD fundraiser this summer that he would be interested in participating, Goldstein said.
“He mentioned something about wanting to rappel,” she said. “What could be better than having a star rappel?”
The Yankees general manager will warm up for the weekend’s rappel at a rehearsal Friday morning, Goldstein said. Rick Reichmuth, weather anchor from Fox Channel 5, will also take a trip down the side of the Landmark building during rehearsal.
Santa and Cashman will kick off the holiday season in Stamford Sunday, when they step off the Landmark building’s ledge at 4:30 p.m. Music performed by local students and a fireworks display will accompany the rappel.
The DSSD is keeping the details of Cashman’s elf costume under wraps for now.
“This is going to be a surprise for all,” Goldstein said. “Will he be an elf in Yankee clothing or a Yankee in elf clothing? You’ve got to come Sunday night to find out.”
The real question is: If Cashman sharts himself while doing this, will his fans vehemently defend him claiming that it seemed like the right move at the time?