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How DARE Brian Cashman be a celebrity bartender?!

Jan 27, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

Cashman bartender

You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to be this much of a joyless scold:

At this point, I would much rather have someone who is “no name” – but a real and qualified “baseball person” – someone trying to make his bones as a hard working GM, running the Yankees. Someone who just wants to do his job, and well, with no fanfare or excuses, rather than someone who is running around town in a wig speaking an pancake breakfasts, jumping off buildings, tending bar – and getting his picture on TV and in the papers.

Gabe Paul and Stick Michael just did their job without using it as a platform to attain celebrity status. Cashman should follow that example instead of trying to be like Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Kenny Williams – making a “name” for himself for doing things outside of the office. Guys like John Schuerholz and Pat Gillick did it right. Cashman’s inflated sense of self-importance and need for admiration is getting old in a hurry here. I just hope the Yankees put an end to it – and soon.

And yes, the writer — Steve Lombardi of Was Watching — is fully aware that Cashman’s bartending thing was for charity. Doesn’t matter to him. I suppose he should have been trading for Roy Halladay last night or something.

If this stuff is so unsavory to Was Watching, one wonders why he’s even watching in the first place.

  1. Kevin S. - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    As I said to you on Twitter, WasWatching is the hemorrhoid on the ass of the Yankee blogosphere. Lombardi is just a bitter, bitter person who can’t seem to find any joy in (allegedly) being a fan of one of the most successful sports franchises in the world.

  2. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    That was a bullbleep comment by Lombardi. Chipwich. It was for CHARITY. Lighten the bleep up man.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    It’s amazing what the Yankees media defines as faults in their organization. Winning does really create an atmosphere of overly high expectations, I guess. This dude got the town a W.S. how long ago? Not getting Lee really brought the whine out. Jesus.

  4. Charles Gates - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    JOB OPENING: Was Watching GM

    JOB DESCRIPTION:
    Candidate must be willing to give 110% minimum towards tasks, and show true grit whilst completing duties. In now way whatsoever will the candidate have any public persona or reputation. Candidate must be willing to endure thankless enviornment with 111% focus on WINNING.
    Candidate will not even think the phrase ‘charity work.’ Charity is when your team doesn’t bat in the bottom of the ninth when you’re ahead because the rules don’t allow it.
    Candidate will not eat breakfast foods, definitely not pancakes. Breakfast is a meal you eat after you wake up. Candidate will not sleep. Sleep is time not dedicated to WINNING. Slackers sleep.
    Candidate will not jump off buildings unless Was Watching bloggers outcry for your ousting. Then, the candidate will jump.
    Candidate will not run around town. Candidate will either sprint, or take company car. Whichever gets candidate to business oriented location faster and without opportunity to interact with anyone not related to Was Watching’s goal: WINNING.
    Candidate will not tend bar. Candidate should always raise the bar, however.
    Candidate will not have a family. They are distractions. No kids. No spouses. No holidays. No sick time.
    Candidate will demonstrate 112% focus.
    Candidate will not write books like Money Ball. Candidate will not be good looking. Candidate will not hire minority manager who seeks spotlight. Candidate will, however, seek manager that will WIN.
    If candidate does not do exactly what uninformed Was Watching bloggers want 113% of the time, the candidate will get fired 114% of the time.

    • BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Where can I send my resume?

    • trevorb06 - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      You forgot to add: If candidate fails to win a World Series he will be promptly exiled to New Jersey.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Brian has very little choice in the matter. He’s been Yankees GM for years in a media town, ergo he is well-known.
    The Yankees do a better job with charities than most professional sports teams (Can’t resist saying-all) ergo he does this kind of volunteer stuff. Its expected organizationally.
    Whatever is the point of this disingenious blog?

  6. Jonny 5 - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    This guy should just stop flapping his cock holster about this one. I mean it’s charity for goodness sakes…. What a bone head.

  7. Elwood Larf - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    I’m no big Cashman fan, but something tells me being GM of the Yankees is a job that entails a considerable amount of work, not to mention extensive pressure and a lot of second guessing, as opposed to running a team that shrugs its shoulders when the team finishes in third place with a .500 record and says “We’ll get ‘em next year.”

  8. Andrew - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    If you read through the comments of the Was Watching post, you’ll see that the comments are surprisingly civil. I was expecting it to be like reading YouTube comments.

  9. Adam - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Is this guy really saying that someone in the Yankee organization making headlines is a new and bad thing?

    At least he’s in the news for good things. And it’s not like he’s using press conferences to tell people “Hey, I’m repelling down a building tomorrow, you guys should come!” He’s just doing things as the opportunities present (as far as I can tell).

    Heaven forbid the guy actually have a, you know, LIFE.

  10. jh0088 - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Don’t give hacks like this writer a platform or the courtesy of your clickthroughs.

  11. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    “Cashman should follow that example instead of trying to be like Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Kenny Williams – making a “name” for himself for doing things outside of the office. ”

    Cashman, Epstein, and Kenny Williams…winners of 4 of the last 7 World Series. Yeah, don’t be like them. This Lombardi dude is a real jack ass.

  12. mainsr - Jan 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Full disclosure: Steve Lombardi’s a friend of mine, and I once did a guest-post at his blog.

    OK, I don’t get the Cashman hate either, but I can’t understand liking the Yankees either, so I’m not starting from the right place anyway. But Steve’s blog is good. As Andrew pointed out, the comments he got today–100% in agreement with everyone here, btw–are civil; similar to the discussion here about HBT post-Pearlman. Was Watching was part of Rob Neyer’s blogroll until he pared it down to one per team, and I’ve found it interesting when I can stomach Yankee fandom. I’m not defending his view, but I don’t think it’s fair to characterize Steve as a hemorrhoid, disingenuous, a bone head, a hack, a jack ass, etc., based on an overly-grouchy post.

    I will say that this may be the first comment section in the history of the internets where the word “hemorrhoid” was spelled correctly.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jan 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      We don’t really care what we say as long as we spell it properly.

      • mainsr - Jan 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        One of the many things that makes this a great site.

  13. letsgoyanks51 - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    I was at the event last night and Cashman couldn’t have been any nicer. He really got into the act and has no ego to feed. He’s the best man for the job when given a chance to run the club without interference.

    • Andrew - Jan 28, 2011 at 1:14 AM

      Don’t say that, I want to irrationally hate the Yankees for all eternity!

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