Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brian Cashman airs Yankees dirty laundry

Brian Cashman must feel really good about the Yankees winning the World Series this year because the normally tight-lipped general manager made some pretty controversial comments on the events of the past year.

At a breakfast appearance sponsored by WFAN, Cashman openly talked about how the Core Four Yankees (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada) intimidated incoming players in previous years. Out of deference to the core, the newer players toned down their personalities and tried to blend into the background, according to Mike Francesa's report of the event.

In fact, Francesa quoted Cashman as saying one of CC Sabathia's reservations about coming to the Yankees was that he heard the Yankees didn't like each other. Francesa alluded to what was apparently the main cause: the Cold War between Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Cashman said he told Sabathia and the other newer Yankees that he wanted them to bridge that divide and be themselves. That's obviously how things played out because by all accounts the Yankees were a tighter bunch, with Jeter and ARod finally burying the hatchet. But I have to wonder if CC is going to be happy about Cashman revealing their private conversation.

Cashman also apparently said former Yankee manager Joe Torre's book "The Yankee Years" was "garbage," according to one report. I don't really have a problem with him having such a strong reaction given the book's negative portrayal of him. But he could have taken the high road since he won the World Series without Torre.

I hate to discourage the normally close-mouthed Cashman from being so open, but it seems a bit self-serving for him to be airing the Yankees dirty laundry. It's almost as if he wants to ensure he gets credit for bringing in the guys who finally changed the chemistry of the clubhouse and helped put the Yankees back on top. But I guess if you're the Yankees GM under the Steinbrenner regime, you always have to jockey for position and credit.

Thanks to Jimmyack205 via Wikipedia for the photo.

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