• The Flash Unit Connection

    Posted by on March 26th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    From the Times

    Flaherty worked most closely with Johnson last season, but he never really got to know him. They were business partners, but that was all.

    “He doesn’t let too many people in,” Flaherty said. “We have the same agent, so I had a little heads-up on that and an understanding of what maybe makes him tick. But he’s a tough guy to get to know. I don’t think there will be too many people who say, `I knew Randy Johnson’ when it’s all said and done.”

    Am I the only person who is bothered by this “we have the same agent” disclosure (made now)?

    When I hear this, it makes me think that the agent was responsible for Unit’s request to have Flaherty catch his games – and, then, in reality, we have an agent impacting the Yankees line-up card.

    Maybe it’s just me being cranky? But, then, why did we not hear about this “connection” last year – when it was “live”? Why does it come out now, when Flash is retired?

    Something smells stinky here. Granted, it’s not an olfactory nightmare, but, it’s not exactly a Sunday morning walk into the bakery moment (hearing this now) in my mind.

    Comments on The Flash Unit Connection

    1. MMTDad
      March 26th, 2006 | 11:32 am

      Interesting point. But given all that we know about Johnson’s me-first attitude and general crankiness, I find it hard to believe that he lobbied for Flaherty to be his catcher just to do his agent a favor. Given Jorge Posada’s past history with cranky and quirky pitchers (El Duque comes to mind) might it just not be that the Unit and Jorge just didn’t get along and that Flaherty appeared to be an easier fit (albeit one who couldn’t hit or throw out any runners).

      Let’s hope they get along better this year.

    2. baileywalk
      March 26th, 2006 | 1:18 pm

      What’s the conspiracy here? What would the agent care if Flaherty got more playing time? It’s not like Flaherty had a clause in his contract based on playing time. And I don’t think the agent would lobby his 16-million-dollar-a-year client (Johnson) to get his 1-million-dollar-a-year client (Flaherty) more playing time. And if it was some grand scheme to get Flaherty more money, it didn’t work: the Yanks didn’t want him back, and he ended up retiring.

    3. Raf
      March 26th, 2006 | 10:45 pm

      I think you’re reading too much into it.

      Posada can’t catch every game. At least this way he gets at least 1 game off every 5 days.

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