The Yankees general manager’s relationship with the woman in these photos has been known or suspected among New York reporters for years, but has been just too darn shady, complicated, and expensive to pursue, especially at the risk of antagonizing the Yankees.
But now the pictures are out. When these photos were snapped by a private investigator, the woman in them was named Kimberley Brennan, and she was married to a man named Brian Brennan, who had hired the private investigator. The couple, who lived in Westchester, have since divorced, in no small part because of the photos.
How did the story get out, then? We first caught wind of it in 2009, when we were contacted by a source who claimed that word of the Cashman affair was about to break, pending finalization of a deal for a book about famous people and the private investigators who trailed them. We spoke with the private investigator, Tony De Lorenzo, and he confirmed the story was being circulated. But the book deal fell apart, the PI clammed up, and the Cashman affair story never reached the mainstream press, though we’re told a number of reporters around the Yankees knew of it. (When we contacted De Lorenzo two days ago, he had no comment, either.) A number of Brennan’s friends had apparently taken it upon themselves to shop Brian’s story to the New York Post and at least one other New York newspaper, a source tells us. They didn’t find any takers. In August, we received the photos from a friend of Deadspin contributor Pete Nash, free of charge.
Usually, I would not pay much attention to the personal lives of front office personnel – unless they do something unlawful. And, if Cashman wants to do the tube snake boogie with some chick and totally trash his marriage and make things uncomfortable for his children, that’s a call which he has a right to make, on his own, and deal with the consequences.
But, what bothers me with this whole thing – if it’s all true – is that Cashman was messing with a married woman. By doing that, he’s not just messing with his own family, but, he’s wrecking another family in the process. That’s just not cool.
There’s enough loose trim in the world that there’s no need to tap on someone else’s squeeze. That should be a given in the man code. And, if Cashman can’t respect that, then it speaks volumes as to what kind of dude he is…shifty.