• Cashman To A-Rod: Shut The F*** Up

    Posted by on June 26th, 2013 · Comments (23)

    Via Andrew Marchand

    Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.

    “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

    Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday that he has been cleared to play in rehab games. Rodriguez’s comments seemed to contradict what Cashman told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews on Monday.

    “Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!” Rodriguez tweeted.

    On Monday, Cashman shot down a report that Rodriguez had been given the go-ahead to play in games.

    “He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” he said. “He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5 or maybe June 25.”

    Cashman explained that Dr. Kelly had no jurisdiction over Rodriguez’s rehab once the third baseman left New York to go to Tampa. Dr. Kelly had been approved by the team to perform the surgery and oversee Rodriguez’s recovery in New York. It was now sole in the team’s hands.

    “There is always a chain of command with injuries,” Yankees manager Joe Giardi said after the Yankees’ 5-3 win on Tuesday. “And there has to be. That is the process. It goes through our training staff, our doctors, our GM and then it probably gets to me.”

    Girardi said he always understood that Yankees’ team doctors needed to clear Rodriguez before he could play in a rehab game.

    Cashman ended up emailing Rodriguez and did not get an immediate response.

    I think it’s time for A-Rod to ask Mary Bresnan out for a date. Then, this whole thing could really get interesting.

    Comments on Cashman To A-Rod: Shut The F*** Up

    1. June 26th, 2013 | 7:21 am

      Am I the only one who feels this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Or a case of “it takes one to know one”? I mean, the same guy who broke his leg and dislocated his ankle because of a sky-diving stunt, who cheated on his wife just like A-Rod, and who threw $12 million at Youkilis and essentially the same for Wells is puffing his chest out and stating that Alex showed bad judgment with that tweet?

      Also, Cashman goes about saying he’s going to call Alex… but he ends up emailing him? Talk about puffing your chest out and getting all mad, but backing down when the going gets tough.

    2. June 26th, 2013 | 8:24 am

      Brent, I hope Steve will excuse me from being self-promotional here, but you took the words right out of my mouth!

      http://subwaysquawkers.blogspot.com/2013/06/who-has-worse-judgment-alex-rodriguez.html

    3. June 26th, 2013 | 8:35 am

      Oh, and I concur with Steve’s idea of dating choice for A-Rod. Imagine the high comedy that would ensue!

    4. June 26th, 2013 | 10:00 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Oh, and I concur with Steve’s idea of dating choice for A-Rod. Imagine the high comedy that would ensue!

      And, then, on the flip side, Cashman could ask Joslyn Morse, Torrie Wilson, Kyna Treacy, Cameron Diaz and/or Madonna if they want to join him in the filming of a Pilates Workout DVD…

    5. June 26th, 2013 | 10:03 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      I hope Steve will excuse me from being self-promotional here

      Not at all. I LOL’ed when I read what you wrote below:

      It’s always fun to hear a guy who jumped out of an airplane and broke his leg, who cheated on his wife with a stalker mistress who had 13 restraining orders against her, and who gave Kevin Youkilis $12 million this year, criticize somebody for bad judgment and tell him to shut the bleep up. It would kind of be like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, parents of baby daughter North West, getting in Gwyneth Paltrow’s face about naming her child Apple.

      That’s what I said back when Cashman got busted – that he now lost all credibility in terms of being able to get on players for doing stupid things off the field. I have to see if I can find that.

    6. June 26th, 2013 | 10:06 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      That’s what I said back when Cashman got busted – that he now lost all credibility in terms of being able to get on players for doing stupid things off the field. I have to see if I can find that.

      Yup. I said it back on Feb 7th: http://waswatching.com/2012/02/05/cashman-affair-details-getting-more-sordid/#comment-370831

    7. Raf
      June 26th, 2013 | 12:35 pm

      Not sure what the brouhaha is about since it was mentioned that Rodriguez was to start rehab games soon.

    8. Mr. October
      June 26th, 2013 | 12:59 pm

      “Cashman [was asked] if the Yankees needed A-Rod, especially in light of the loss of Youkilis.

      ‘We are paying him a [bleep] load of money, and needing him and the amount we are paying him should go hand in hand,’ the general manager said.”

      Paying a G.M. more money than any other G.M. in baseball and having one of the top G.M.s in baseball should go hand in hand too.

    9. LMJ229
      June 26th, 2013 | 1:04 pm

      Cashman was totally out of line in his reaction. Can you practice a little self control please? A-Rod’s tweet was not that big a deal until Cashman made it one. I can (kinda) see him getting upset because he wasn’t cleared by the Yankees doctors but come on do you have to over-react and cause all this drama? Most GMs are smart enough to know that they shouldn’t be the ones causing the distractions. This is clearly the case of Cashman trying to show everyone that HE is the boss. In doing so he put the need to feed his ego ahead of the team.

    10. Mr. October
      June 26th, 2013 | 1:07 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Can you practice a little self control please?

      Brian Cashman “practice self control?”

    11. Ricketson
      June 26th, 2013 | 1:12 pm

      Brent wrote:

      Also, Cashman goes about saying he’s going to call Alex… but he ends up emailing him?

      Jack Curry suggested that he email Rodriguez instead…

    12. LMJ229
      June 26th, 2013 | 1:18 pm

      @ lisaswan:
      Just read your article. Dead on! You go girl!

    13. LMJ229
      June 26th, 2013 | 1:19 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      LMJ229 wrote:
      Can you practice a little self control please?
      Brian Cashman “practice self control?”

      Yeah I saw the irony in it as I was typing it …

    14. Ricketson
      June 26th, 2013 | 2:02 pm

      “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

      A lot of people would say what Alex should do is look for the opportunity to shut the troll the f— up himself.

    15. June 26th, 2013 | 2:36 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Paying a G.M. more money than any other G.M. in baseball and having one of the top G.M.s in baseball should go hand in hand too.

      Amen!

    16. #15
      June 26th, 2013 | 4:13 pm

      While Cashman is right to jump A-Rod (especially when the Yankees were cooperating by setting up a rehab structure that was shielding him from having to address the press on a range of issues), an executive at a major corporation doesn’t need to be hurling expletives at employees in a public forum. Cashman sounds like a guy that is losing it and/or hearing footsteps coming down the hall to his own office door.

      Take the high road when in public view (“We are troubled by this type of premature side conversation”, “A-Rod shouldn’t be issuing his own prognosis on his readiness”, “The offical statement from the Yankee organization on A-Rod’s readiness is the only one that really matters”, “He’ll play when we’ve determined he’s ready to play”, etc… That is, you can belittle him and put him in his place without the vulgarity. It’s okay to shoot ‘em right between the eyes and challenge his mother’s ancestry in private if he deserves it, but don’t come across as a classless loudmouth (unless, of course, you are one) in public. Never works to your advantage.

    17. Greg H.
      June 26th, 2013 | 4:51 pm

      Well, to me this suggests two things –

      1) maybe there is something imminent on the PED investigation, which would explain why Cashman would be a little touchy on this; and
      2) To make a stupid statement like this in public, the guy’s probably fried and needs to be replaced at this point, so that whatever happens next that isn’t great is not made worse by this type of stupidity.

      That aside, it’s probably good advice for Alex. He should listen to it.

      In other news, the Yanks hit 4 HR last night including the first walkoff of the year.

    18. Evan3457
      June 26th, 2013 | 7:16 pm

      Wrote this last night on another Yankee website:

      It was A-Rod’s way of putting pressure on the Yankees to speed things up, so he can get back sooner. Yanks are right to tell him not to make statements like that to the press. Cashman was wrong for using a profanity in his comment to a media person.
      Both of them should be more mature. Ah, well.

    19. June 26th, 2013 | 7:52 pm

      @ LMJ229: Thanks very much! And thanks, Steve, for letting me post my article!

      As for what A-Rod’s motives were, I honestly think he was eager to play again, and just wrote an innocuous tweet saying so. But it does make you wonder if the Yanks are trying to keep him shut down. They rushed three players back this year, yet they seem all too happy if he never plays again. And apparently, he’s wondering the same thing.

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9426595/alex-rodriguez-thinks-new-york-yankees-slowing-return-injury-according-sources?src=mobile

    20. Evan3457
      June 27th, 2013 | 12:22 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      @ LMJ229: Thanks very much! And thanks, Steve, for letting me post my article!
      As for what A-Rod’s motives were, I honestly think he was eager to play again, and just wrote an innocuous tweet saying so. But it does make you wonder if the Yanks are trying to keep him shut down. They rushed three players back this year, yet they seem all too happy if he never plays again. And apparently, he’s wondering the same thing.

      If A-Rod really believes the Yanks are slowing him down, making that statement public on the internet would most likely be a ham-handed attempt to pressure the team into a rehab assignment.

      Just because you think Cashman’s an idiot and a creep doesn’t mean he’s wrong here. He was wrong to use a profanity in a statement to a media person, but that’s all.

    21. Ricketson
      June 27th, 2013 | 1:24 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Just because you think Cashman’s an idiot and a creep doesn’t mean he’s wrong here. He was wrong to use a profanity in a statement to a media person, but that’s all.

      Which statement are you referring to?
      His statement about Rodriguez to a New York Post reporter last week? His statement about Rodriguez to an ESPN reporter this week?
      A previous statement?

      “And that’s the real problem, right? That Cashman was being rude and profane about an employee in the media [on the record]?” Right. And it wasn’t the first time…

    22. LMJ229
      June 27th, 2013 | 9:15 pm

      The question is, why would A-Rod’s tweet, which seemed pretty innocuous, set Cashman off like that? There’s got to be a lot happening behind the scenes that we are not privy to. I think the Yankees want nothing more than to be done with A-Rod and are desperately trying to find a way out of his contract. The tweet was A-Rod’s way of saying “Your stuck with me”. He wants the fans and the media to know that he is ready and willing to play again so that the Yankees can’t just push him to the back burner without it being questioned by the fans and the media.

    23. McMillan
      December 2nd, 2013 | 10:23 pm

      Yankees GM Brian Cashman speaks on Civility

      “STAMFORD — The topic was Civility in Baseball’ and it didn’t take New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman long to find an example in his long career to illustrate the subject…”

      http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/article/Yankees-GM-Brian-Cashman-speaks-on-Civility-5029107.php

      The City of Stamford, the Dilenschneider Group, Sacred Heart University, Purdue Pharma LP, and the Hearst Connecticut Media Group could not find someone better than Brian “I Wish My Wife Wasn’t Here” Cashman to speak in its Series on Civility?

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