I know it’s a slow news month for baseball, but this is absurd.
Mike Lupica must be a crazy person. How else could you allow your name to be tied to this crazy article and it’s associated nonsensical imagery. What was he thinking? The idea that Brian Cashman is trying to get fired a la George Costanza is the outright craziest notion I’ve ever heard put forth by a sports writer – and that’s saying something.
His lists of qualifiers is just as dumb as the idea itself:
- Cashman confirmed that he wasn’t behind the Rafael Soriano signing (which had already leaked, anyway – but he doesn’t suggest that Cashman was the source of the leak. Besides, Cashman had already said that he didn’t think signing an expensive relief pitcher was worth a draft pick, so when the Yankees signed him, it was pretty obvious it wasn’t Cashman’s decision.)
- Cashman dressed up like an elf and repelled down the face of a building for charity. I don’t know what to say about that one. Everybody in the Yankees organization is involved in some kind of charity in one way or another.
- Cashman took a hard line with the Derek Jeter contract negotiation and later said he expected Jeter to play in the outfield before the deal was over. Pretty much everybody on earth (with a level head) agreed with Cashman’s handling of the Jeter deal, and they still gave Jeter too much money and too many years, anyway.
- Cashman said the Red Sox are a better team than the Yankees are right now… Yeah, that’s true. Any fool can see that the Yankees need rotation help while the Red Sox rotation looks pretty stellar. The Yankees need more starting pitching and everybody knows it – it’s the weakest area of the team and in my mind, starting pitching might be the most important, so when that part of your team is weak, it’s a serious problem.
- Cashman wasn’t able to convert Cliff Lee… I don’t know what to say about that one, either… If you look at the deals closely that Lee was considering, the Phillies offered him an INSANE deal he’d be a fool not to take, and Lee is no fool.
And then there’s the poll question they have on the article:
Do you think Yankees GM Brian Cashman is trying to talk his way out of a job?
-Yes, his new-found honesty is alienating players and bosses alike
- No, he’s just trying to deflect attention from a lousy offseason
- Don’t know, but I’m loving every minute of this Costanza drama
As for the first option, Cashman has always been honest when possible and has never had a problem putting folks on notice. As for the idea that he’s doing a Costanza impression because the Yankees didn’t sign Cliff Lee or something is just crazy talk. And the last option includes the word Costanaza drama? Wow.
Here’s another clip from the article:
Sometimes you think this has turned into an old “Seinfeld” episode, a classic known as “The Millenium,” from May of 1997. George Costanza, working for the Yankees at the time, has been offered a better job – head of scouting – by the Mets. But the Mets can’t offer him the job while he’s still working for the Yankees.
George Costanza’s solution? Get George Steinbrenner to fire him.
Mike Lupica should be fired for writing this article. It’s filler nonsense, and if it wasn’t his idea, he should resign in protest and whoever made him write the article should get fired. I’ve never had to write the word crazy so many times in my life! I know the Daily News isn’t exactly the New York Times, but good gravy, man! If I could speak to Lupica directly, I would have to say, “You just referenced a character from Seinfeild that used to reference you. That in itself is a totally crazy thing to do. You need to go on vacation, ASAP, because you have lost it, sir. Go find it, and don’t come back till you do.”