Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cashman to A-Rod: "Shut The F--- Up". The Reaction?

It’s an odd day in Yankees Universe when the GM of the team tells one of it’s most expensive players to ‘shut the f--- up”. To be honest when I first saw Cashman’s statement, I thought that it had to have been a joke. I mean, the GM is supposed to be professional, especially with an organization with as much class and dignity as the New York Yankees. When I realized that Cashman wasn’t joking and that it was real, my thoughts went from ‘this is a practical joke’ to…

 “Holy moly, Brian Cashman finally snapped.”

Let’s back track to how it all started. Alex Rodriguez decided to infiltrate the Twitter world and create a Twitter account. He then started posting on his progress, but only nine tweets in, that was when he landed in hot water with Brian Cashman. A-Rod’s tweet read this:

The tweet seems rather harmless, correct? Well, we can just say that Brian Cashman wasn’t as thrilled to find out that A-Rod was ready to do rehab games from A-Rod’s mouth (or tweet). On Monday during the off day, Cashman said that A-Rod would start rehab games on July 1st, but according to A-Rod he was ready to go right away. When the media asked Brian Cashman about it last night, this was Cashman’s response to ESPN New York:

"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."

The comment sent Yankees fans and the Yankees media into a frenzy, causing them to choose sides on who was right in the debacle. Some fans took Brian Cashman’s side because they’re probably just as fed up with A-Rod as Brian Cashman is. Remember, Cashman didn’t want to give A-Rod that gigantic contract, but the Steinbrenner brothers did. Hence, why A-Rod is here.

The media tried to stake out for Cashman, hoping to ask him some questions. However, he left early during yesterday’s game. Sometime after the news broke, Cashman couldn’t get through A-Rod by phone so he did the next best thing, he sent him an email. A-Rod didn’t respond right away though, but there was a statement this morning from him. Here was what A-Rod had to say.

“I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win, the tweet was pure excitement about Dr. Kelly’s prognosis."

I’m going to be frank here: I don’t like A-Rod at all. I appreciate that he got us a World Series Championship in 2009 but aside from that, I’m not a fan of his attitude, his demeanor, or the fact that he knows that the Yankees can’t get rid of him so he’ll do everything under the sun to irk the organization. However, Brian Cashman stooping down to A-Rod’s level and reprimanding him in public was uncalled for. If  ‘The Boss’ was alive, Brian Cashman would have delivered an apology less than an hour after making those comments, because that’s just something you don’t do if you are a part of the Yankees organization. A-Rod’s not the perfect Yankees and most fans want him gone, but in my eyes, this one time, A-Rod did nothing wrong. A-Rod was simply excited that he would be able to participate in rehab games again. And it was better to hear it from A-Rod than to hear it from Cashman, who was going to give us the runaround in the first place.

A game last night that had four homers, three from Yankees that we’d least expect a HR from was quickly overshadowed by A-Rod & Cashman’s feud. Whether Brian Cashman likes it or not, A-Rod is here to stay. He’s here to make his money and he refuses to retire until he gets every penny promised in that contract. Either Cashman could suck it up, or he could leave because A-Rod isn’t going anywhere.  

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