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Wait, how is this A-Rod’s fault again? Brian Cashman was clearly out-of-line

Jun 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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I know everyone hates A-Rod and he’s history’s worst monster and everything, but I’m really struggling to see how this latest flap — let’s call it The STFU Affair — is being spun as “here goes A-Rod again!” instead of “wow, Brian Cashman was really out of line there.”

And make no mistake, that’s how it’s being spun already. I’ve yet to see the usual columnists weight in — I’m sure Lupica and the rest will have fun things to say about this, all of which portray A-Rod as the beast here — but when even the normally even-handed and sharp Mark Feinsand of the Daily News is saying “Only Rodriguez could turn a positive story into a negative one this quickly,” you know that this is going to turn into yet another “A-Rod is the worst” fest.

Which is insane to me.

A-Rod’s transgression here: tweeting that he was ready and eager to play:

No, that message had not yet been approved for release by the Yankees yet, but (a) it was already news that was being reported by papers on Monday; and (b) is not something all that unusual in baseball. We often hear of players saying X about their readiness to rehab or come off the DL or whatever while the team says Y. We saw it in Washington just this past week with Bryce Harper. We see it many times a year. It’s something which is less-than-decorous, but it’s an inside-baseball kind of thing. Team officials care about it because they like to control the messaging for understandable reasons. The media may make note of it because any player-team disconnect is newsworthy. But about zero fans care about such things in the normal course and it’s never, ever cast as some scandalous statement.

On the other hand we have a general manager of a team telling his player, through the media, to “shut the f— up.” Think about that: when has that happened in the past? Under what circumstances is it ever considered appropriate for a boss to profanely excoriate his employee, be it privately, in front of people or, as in this case, in the press? If your boss told someone in your office that you should “shut the f— up” I don’t feel like you’d say “well, I did bring this on myself.” You’d be outraged and rightfully so. Your boss would probably be reprimanded.

Put any other player in A-Rod’s shoes here and any other GM in Cashman’s and the GM would be the one under fire here, not Alex Rodriguez.  It’s not that way though because A-Rod is everyone’s favorite punching bag. That’s the only reason Cashman isn’t the one being raked over the coals here, as he should be. It’s just the latest example of A-Rod Derangement Syndrome.

  1. historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    My nephew and his little friends like to cuss. It makes them feel adult. I explained to him that swearing doesn’t make you adult — knowing when it’s okay to do it and when NOT to is adult. Of course, he knows better than to do it around his mother, so he might actually be more adult than his father…or me. :)

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I did a personal cuss jar a few years ago for Lent ( I’m not Catholic, but the idea of giving up something for a certain amount of days is a good test of will power ), at the rate of a quarter per curse:

      56 dollars later…..

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        You said so many bad words! I do occasional will power tests myself. Weird.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Was this before or AFTER the Lee-Paplebon meltdown on Monday?

      • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        “56 dollars later…..”

        We did that at work once. 25 cents per cuss. I was going to the bank twice a week for rolls of quarters.

      • yahmule - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        I began cussing as soon as I knew those words existed. I can still remember the feeling of excitement the first time I heard a particular compound curse word on the playground early in my scholastic career. Repeating it in front of my peer group only confirmed I was onto something good. I try to keep the bulk of my cussing around people who will appreciate my passion and creativity.

        I try to refrain from cussing directly at people, and from telling them to “shut up” for that matter.

        Cashman was wrong and he should apologize to A-Rod and everybody else.

  2. klownboy - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Screw A-Roid. He is not a true Yankee, and has always been all about A-Roid instead of the team. Cashman was more than right in calling him out.
    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/10/17/a-rod-needs-to-go-now/

    • schm1471 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Brilliant satire.

    • pjmarn6 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      If Rodriguez wants to discuss his health and desire to play, shouldn’t he talk directly with management to reveal his thoughts and desire? Publicly criticizing the people who are paying him millions of dollars and calling them incompetent to gauge his ability and condition to play is wrong. Using the media and calling upon the public to push his viewpoint on his desires, rather than acting like an adult and facing up to management merits management to get angry and criticize Rodriquez with swear words. This should be the least of Rodriquez’s troubles.

  3. hitdog042 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Craig. You are embarrassing yourself by continuing to stick up for ARod. Sorry.

    • Anoesis - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Calling out Cashman for the jerk he is has nothing to do with Cashman’s target. In fact your post proved CC’s point. Good work.

  4. 13arod - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I thing cash is trying to get fired

  5. annapterp - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Have to agree with this one. Cashman looks bad in this, not ARod. He overreacted to a innocent tweet. If he doesn’t react that way, then this wouldn’t be news. Enjoying watching the skankees implode though.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Doom.

    • ctony1216 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Agreed. You don’t talk about your employees that way, ever, especially to the press.

      Cashman owes A-Rod an apology, and then those two guys need to get together and clear up whatever issues they have. A-Rod is kind of a creep, but unless the Yanks want to outright release him, they need to learn to get along and behave like adults.

  6. jmblosser82 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    A-rods was not wrong here and Cash way overreacted. Handle business in house, don’t display the trash on the lawn. That being said A-rid should’ve worded his tweet differently.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Cashman! Cashman!

    Nothing more needs to be stated.

  8. charlutes - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    At least Craig maintains some perspective.

  9. 161andriver - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I’m torn here. There is no way Cashman would do this to anyone else, and he is probably out of line. But at the same time, I really, really wish Alex WOULD shut the fuck up.

  10. tipstopten - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Right on Cashman. ARod is a jerk, all that money and for nothing and then he does it again. He does not belong in pinstripes.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Two MVP’s with the Yanks, pretty much carrying the team to the playoffs in ’07, and being an absolute monster to help the Yanks win the ’09 WS.

      How many MVPs do any other Yanks have?

      Yeah, he’s done nothing…

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      This comment make no sense at all. He tweets that he is excited to play, his boss yells at him….and he’s a jerk? Are you sure this isn’t Brian Cashman? Always invite at least one slow horse to the race on here……

  11. mf44srq - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    A-Fraud is like that kid that does everything wrong, even when he is well intentioned. Cashman is the parent of that child, and his tolerance of crap has been well exceeded. The STFU is just Cashman expressing his true feelings for A-Roid.

  12. rayburns - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    As Buster Olney said (and I’m paraphrasing), what Cashman said was inappropriate, but Cashman probably won a lot of fans within the Yankees organization that have been dying to say the same thing for years….

  13. immafubared - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I would have done the same thing had all players been told to refrain from Twitter or facebook talking about any un-official NYY business. For him to say he was cleared by his personal physician and is feeling good is one thing, to allude he has been cleared by the team (official) is another.

    I bet the team will never, ever, ever sign anyone to long term contract again. This costly mistake will resonate for years to come unless A Rod quits of course and he ain’t doing that.

  14. thon - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Yikes. If you want to see how a real writer does it, Craig, take a look at Buster Olney’s coverage of the same incident. Tempered and well-reasoned, it discusses the totality of the cirumstances surrounding ARod and the Yankees and arrives at the point that Cashman’s reaction was NOT about one tweet that Alex posted online. You completely miss the point–you miss the real story.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Tempered and well-reasoned, it discusses the totality of the cirumstances surrounding ARod and the Yankees and arrives at the point that Cashman’s reaction was NOT about one tweet that Alex posted online.

      I’m feeling frisky. Time to give this article the FJM treatment. Let’s remember that you think it’s tempered and well-reasoned:

      http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/buster-olney/post/_/id/2229

      But really, the Yankees’ general manager was speaking for a whole lot of people, from top to bottom, who are fed up with Rodriguez — from the highest offices in the organization to some of Rodriguez’s peers in the clubhouse.

      Going to need a citation here Buster. Also, who cares what the lowest ladder people think of Arod. Does it matter if the ball boy doesn’t like him?

      The Yankees’ front office long ago reached the conclusion that the Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million deal was a complete and utter disaster, a tremendous miscalculation.

      Arod’s fault obviously, that the Yank severely outbid everyone else and gave an over 30 person a $10/$300M+ contract.

      I get the sense that the team would love nothing more than for Rodriguez to go away for good, to gracefully depart the sport and save the team tens of millions of dollars.

      There’s nothing stopping the Yankees from releasing Arod, exactly nothing. They made their bed with that contract, now they have to live with it. Arod owes exactly zero to the organization that he, A, willfully moved to another position for an inferior player, and B, never complained once about (pay attention here Michael Young). He’s dealt with an organization that has never covered his back, on ANY issue that media has drum up against him.

      Also, where’s the well-reasoned part from Buster? Where’s the side that, unfortunately, the Yanks are stuck with him with no recourse than to pay him his full contract?

      But it is resigned to an immediate future tied to Rodriguez, like spouses in a marriage held together only for the sake of the kids, so they have generally stood by him in their public posturing and commentary, although wearily.

      Wearily, come on! When have they stood by him? Where were the Yanks defending him in the press when Lupica et al were writing those “Maybe the Yanks would be better off with Brosius columns” or “Arod not a true Yankee columns”? Jeter stood up there with Giambi during his PED issue, and yet no one stood with Arod. Where was the information that Arod was dealing with a severe hip issue during the playoffs last year, instead letting him hang out to dry only to tell the public weeks later that he was hurt?

      That’s the backdrop to Rodriguez’s tweet, which, because of the history, is almost certainly being read within the organization as a strong bit of passive-aggressiveness by the third baseman.

      He said he was HAPPY TO GET BACK CLOSER TO THE FIELD! Holy shit I can’t stand this organization. If Arod posted that he just donated $10M to the Jimmy Fund, I swear an “unnamed Yankee official” would say it was to get his name in the paper.

      Cashman corrected the official record on Monday, saying that Rodriguez had still not been cleared by the Yankees’ doctors.

      If this is true, the rest of this article is moot. It’s the Yankee doctors who have final clearance and nothing else matters. Oh wait, there’s more….

      Cashman and the Yankees, however, are in no mood to be pushed. The goodwill they have extended on behalf of Rodriguez is completely gone. They have been embarrassed by his actions, by his words, by what they perceive to be repeated lies. There is almost certainly some sentiment in the organization that he’s been stealing their money through a form of business fraud, his past use of performance-enhancing drugs — and they have to continue writing the checks.

      If the Yanks’ doctors have final say, they aren’t being pushed at all. And considering some sentiment among fans is they want Arod to take a long walk off a short pier, who are they being pushed by?

      They had no problem writing checks to Giambi, Pettitte and Sheffield who also used PEDs. This is exactly a case of the Yanks organization whining that they gave a player a contract no other team was going to come close to giving, and now they want to try to find any way out from their mistake as possible. They don’t understand fraud at all, and are just throwing shit at the wall to see if it sticks.

      There is nothing “well reasoned in here” because it takes the side that Arod was wrong and Cashman was right in what he did. Where’s the acknowledgment that maybe the head of the organization shouldn’t call out his own player in public when plenty of other teammates have done THE EXACT SAME THING Arod did? It assumes way too much stuff that none of us are privy too, and in certain sections he flat out lies.

      This is a hatchet job on Arod, plain and simple.

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