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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

WHY YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE CAPTAIN


So, I’m not sure what’s been going on with Brian Cashman lately, he seems alittle off. Ever since the Rafael Soriano signing and he publicly coming out and stating that he disagreed with his bosses, he's been weird. And to tell you the truth, he's had diarrhea of the mouth a lot, maybe even before that with the Jeter signing. These bold statements and blabber from him aren’t exactly Cashman-esk. Are you following me? Not sure what’s up, but here’s the latest.

"I'd be surprised if he plays shortstop for all four years (of his deal). I see him moving to the outfield." Cashman said this during a fan breakfast sponsored by WFAN today.

He later clarified saying: “This is not an issue and not something we’re considering. It’s certainly not something that should be blown-up viral discussion. Responding to speculation about him moving to 3B and Alex going to DH, in my mind his athletic abilities translate better to OF. But that’s not something we’re considering and not something we have talked to Derek about. He’s our shortstop, end of story.”

Is this conversation over? NO. It's all over the Internet. My opinion? Don't mess with the Captain...period.

Now I know the end is coming for Derek Jeter, but show some respect. First off, I feel like Cash felt the shaft from Casey Close and Jeter during the negotiations over his contract a while back. I think he didn’t expect it to go as rocky as it did. Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone did. Anyway, I understand Jeter’s getting older and we all see him not being a shortstop forever, but for God sake, don’t rush it. Jeter is still solid, just slowed. Let’s just see how things play out before you flap your gums about aging stars. After all, he’s still our shortstop and he's still our Captain. Let Jeet have a bounce back year in 2011 and then we'll talk after. You're statement today was just bizarre and caused a firestorm.

Now let’s address the outfield part of this. Cash, Are you really going to sit there and tell me that you want an aging player in the outfield?
  • You didn’t resign Johnny Damon because of money and AGE issues.
  • Back in the day, the Yanks took Matsui out of the outfield after he broke his wrist and ya'll we're concerned about his outfield abilities because of his AGE.
Hmm weird. So let me get this straight, now you think a 40 year old SHOULD transition well to the outfield, and not just the outfield, to center field? Cash, come on...you're talking out of both sides of your mouth.

Are you OK? Do you need a few days off? Sorry, not going to happen, you're the Yankees GM. Get back to work! Now, if you signed a starter for us like we've been asking for, we'd be OK with a few days of rest, but not now Cash, no way. Just be a GM, stop impersonating Hank Steinbrenner with stupid comments. It's getting creepy.

Bottom Line, Derek Jeter is the Yankees shortstop, and as far as I'm concerned, he can play shortstop as long as he's able to play it. Because looking out on the field 4 years from now, I want to see #2 in that position on the last game of the last day of the season, with his hat in the air, waving to a packed house, standing ovation at Yankee Stadium... It's fitting... It's fitting because it's Derek.

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