Alex Rodriquez has been plagued by injuries this season, and is close to starting rehab games. On Tuesday, A-Rod tweeted that he was cleared to take part in rehab games, but New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman told A-Rod off over the tweet.
On Monday, Cashman spoke to reporters, but was vague about Rodriquez’s timeline and return. However, Rodriquez’s tweet seems to say another story. In response to his tweets, Cashman told reporters, “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]. Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
There are a view issues with this situation. First off, New York and Rodriquez should be on the same page and reporting the same thing. Secondly, Cashman should not have gone overboard and flipped-out at Rodriquez. Cashman crossed many lines by cursing publicly at one of his players. For starters, he showed a lack of professionalism to both the reporters and Rodriquez. Cashman also showed a lot of arrogance by saying, “when the Yankees want to announce something.” News flash Cashman: The world does not revolve around you or the Yankees.
This is one of the worst public blunders I have seen by a general manager. General managers should defend their players and coaches and not drop the f-bomb towards them. It would have been more appropriate to talk to Rodriguez privately and say that his tweet contradicts what we are saying to the press.
It seems like Rodriquez and Cashman are not on the same page and that needs to change or else this situation could get even worse yet more entertaining.
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.