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New York Yankees: Fans Are Furious That GM Brian Cashman Was Actually Right

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Could it be that New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman actually knows something about baseball?

Over the 2011 off-season everyone from Yankee fans to MLB experts, myself included, criticized every move or non-move that Cashman made. Citing many as desperate measures after the coveted arm of Cliff Lee went somewhere for less money NOT to wear the pinstripes.

Cashman did cause unnecessary havoc with the beloved team’s Captain Derek Jeter, but did it ever occur to you that Cashman might have just been the messenger? Ever heard the the saying, the messenger always gets killed?

So, what is my point?

Look, obviously hitting the three-week mark doesn’t make a dent in the 162 games played in a regular MLB season, and 2011 is no different.

This is not some ridiculous declaration that the Yankees are primed to win their division, or that any team’s future can be declared for that matter. It is a waste of breath because so much hasn’t happened yet.

One thing that has transpired over this short period is that Cashman’s off-season moves were not as despairing or irrational as initially thought and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot.

Imagine if Cashman didn’t go after catcher Russell Martin or that he didn’t go get Eric Chavez? He stuck to his guns about bringing in Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia, as Yankee fans were distraught about how he let Zach Grienke get away and blamed Cashman for Andy Pettitte’s departure.

Fact is without Cashman’s ‘terrible’ off-season, the Yankees would not be in the first place and would probably be off to a worse start than the Boston Red Sox, but without the potential or the back-up.

This is not to say that by the All-Star break the Yankees might resemble more of a nursing home type atmosphere, but with each game played this notion is diminishing.

Cashman didn’t bring in these players to build a team, he brought these veteran All-Stars in to support a team. They all know the ins and outs of baseball; are well aware of how long a season is and have certainly reminded fans that they know how to play. Maybe not everyday, but no one is asking them too.

After watching Garcia dominate the Texas Rangers with smarts and skill, along with the consistently hot bats of Chavez and Martin is enough proof to admit I was wrong.

Wait! Before anyone reading starts to disagree, spare me. I don’t blame Cashman for  the Pedro Feliciano injury, as the Yankees had him checked out prior to the signing and he cleared. It was not Cashman’s fault because he would never have inked that deal if he knew about his shoulder. Look where Feliciano came from, the Mets who are not exactly reputable for anything expect messing up everything so blaming them should not be this hard.

So, I will apologize to Mr. Cashman for doubting him so fast. At the very least, we all should have given Cashman a right he has certainly earned, a chance to show us.

Hey cut me some slack, as what else would you expect from a Yankees fan?

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7 Comments

  1. Tom Reilly says:

    I think you mean Yankee fans were distraught, not " distort ", right? :-)

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  3. Kim Rawks says:

    I agree with everything you wrote. Cut the man some slack! It's a high pressure position and I think he's made some great calls!

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