What Will Cashman Say Next?

Does anyone remember Jim Carrey’s character in the comedy “Liar Liar?”
He had to tell the truth no matter what because of his son’s birthday wish. After reading about Brian Cashman’s WFAN sponsored breakfast today and all the gems that popped out of his mouth, I’m wondering if one of his kids made the same birthday wish. The Yankees have often been accused of being a secretive organization, not disclosing injuries, not wanting to discuss contract issues, evading reporters’ questions, but not today and not with Cashman at the mic.
To wit, here are some of his candid remarks:
* He foresees Jeter moving to centerfield (as opposed to third base) at some point in the future.
* He rates the Red Sox as the better team (except for our bullpen).
* He thinks Joba is washed up. (OK, he didn’t say that, but he did admit that Joba hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury.)
* He implied that a couple of our minor league pitchers are better than Nova.
* He repeated that he wasn’t on board with the signing of Soriano.
* He doesn’t want Andy back unless his heart is in it.
Will Cash’s truth-telling compulsion continue? And if so, what will he blurt out at the next media event? A few possibilities…
* “I’d be willing to trade anybody for Felix Hernandez.”
* “I like Hank better than Hal, as it turns out.”
* “I always laugh when I see that commercial on YouTube with Coney doing the ‘El Duque.'”
* “I wish I had my own funny commercial.”
* “I wish I were taller.”
* “I wish I had as much hair as Theo Epstein.”
* “I wish the Yankees would win the World Series this year so fans would stop sulking over Cliff Lee.”
* “I wish Cliff Lee had said yes.”
That’s it for tonight. I’m off to watch the State of the Union address. Wouldn’t it be cool if politicians were forced to tell the truth – even for 24 hours?


  1. ooaooa

    The “truth” is no longer fashionable in the world we live in today. Its easier to embelish then be a bore telling the truth. You’ve got to admire those guys in Washington last night. They’ve got sleeping with their eyes open down pat. Joe Biden had a real bad hair day going and it looked like he was practicing being a bobble head. Another 6 to 10 inches of snow tonight. About 50 inches so far this month. Worse January in my life time, but the ground still hasn’t shook! (and thats the truth)

  2. Jane Heller

    Joe Biden looked like he got an extra set of plugs for the occasion, John. I don’t remember ever seeing him so bushy! And Boehner can deny using a tanning bed all he wants, but come on! Sorry about the snow and cold temps. I feel for my mother and sister up there. It can’t be fun.

    Cash was never a bully, Jeff. Steinbrenner, yes. But if anything Cash was the one who was bullied by The Boss. Now he’s just trying to be his own man.

  3. peggy3

    Hi Jane & Fellow Bloggers …

    It’s snowing like crazy here …it seems we have at least one
    snow day per week this year. I guess we can’t complain as the past few years have been practically snowless.

    Speaking of snow ….if Cash doesn’t come forward with everything about the Yankees he’s accused of a snowjob. When he does speak his mind everyone is aghast. No matter what he does he can’t win in the minds of the many fickled Yankee fans, media and the non-fans. The media are the ones who blow everything out of proportion. They take something said and twist it to fit their stories which usually are mostly what they “think” and not the truth. I’ll stick behind Cash and the Yankee organization since in reality they are the only ones who truly know what’s going on in Yankeeland.

    I did read Hank’s interview in the Post (he definitely is a “little” George when it comes to bluster ..LOL). I did agree with something he said tho’. “It really comes to avoiding injuries,” he said. “It’s like what happened to Boston last year. We had the injuries three years ago and, of course, nobody ever makes excuses for us. If the Red Sox have injuries it’s ‘Oh, the injuries.’ If the Rays have injuries, if the Phillies have injuries, it’s ‘the injuries. If the Yankees have injuries, nobody in the media acknowledges that.” I TOTALLY AGREE !!!! See …even Hank can make sense sometimes .. :o) …

    I hope everyone in the winter weather is safe, snug and
    keeping warm. All those in the warmer weather …I’m too much of a lady to print what I have to say to you …HAHA ..
    Have a great day one and all ….

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  4. Jane Heller

    I do remember that song, Dave – and not liking it. Some of the lyrics in those days were just silly. I don’t think Cashman needs a truth wish at this point; he seems to want to be about “truthiness” all the time now. I like Biden, so we can’t make too much fun of him. He’s been a good soldier for the Dems all these years and his wife seems like someone I’d be friendly with.

  5. peggy3

    YIPEEEEE….Yankee season is upon us. Our first Yankee Meetup is scheduled for 2/26…first ST game vs the Phillies.
    It was just posted and 20 people have replied that they will be there …I guess I’m not the only one anxious for Yankee Baseball !!!!

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  6. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Sing right along to that ol’ “nugget” by The Castaways…
    “Liar, liar! Pants on fire!
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire!
    Ask me, She-Fan, why I’m sad…
    You been up watchin’…you know you been had…
    Don’t tell me diff’rent…know it’s a lie…
    Run from it, lady…see how we cry…”
    (Oh…please tell me you remember THAT one…!)
    Anyway…wouldn’t you just LOVE to give Cashmaneo that truth wish for 24 hours a la Carrey, and ask him ANYTHING? Heck, as you point out, he’s halfway there already…and he could give those politicians some pointers. Crazy Joe Biden? Had enuf o’him…he’s from Delaware, too close to home…and (one of?) his brother(s?) used to work at my agency in the ’90s in a hi-level spot until…um…some issues with some substance(s) got the better of him…but enuf o’ that…come on, spring training…!!

  7. abby1306

    Ha ha Jane, I love your ideas of what Cashman could say next. Actually I was almost laughing out loud when I read “I wish I were taller.” I was sitting in the PC room with my 8th grade students and really had to control myself. šŸ˜‰ And I love the movie “Liar Liar”, one of my favorites! Maybe that was exactly what happened. Lol. Anyway, it was very interesting to read what Cashman had to say. Would he have done the same if George Steinbrenner was still alive? But I like his honesty, so if the Soriano deal doesn’t work out he can always say he didn’t want the deal (even though I hope it does work out! Soriano needs to pitch like a god to justify all the money he gets paid!).
    – Nadine

  8. Jane Heller

    Sorry about your snow, Peggy. As I wrote to John, my mother and sister are in NY and I feel for all of you. Here in CA, on the other hand, it’s going to be another sunny day in the ’70s. Now what is it you wanted to say to those of us in warmer climates? Give it your best shot! While I agree that the media overdoes it when covering every word Cashman says, he’s definitely exhibiting a new freedom of speech that we didn’t see when George was around. I like it. (Well, except for the little snipes about Jeter during his contract negotiations.) I’d rather see candor than secrecy. I, too, read Hank’s interview in the Post and I still think he should muzzle himself. He’s right that no one feels sorry for the Yankees, but I wouldn’t want anyone to. Very exciting about your first meetup group in February. Only a few weeks away…

  9. Catherine

    Haha, I think if Cash keeps up with this truth-telling stuff, the Steinbrenner boys might announce that they wish he would rapel down another building šŸ˜‰ And where does he put on putting the Grandy man if Jeet is in center?

  10. Jane Heller

    Why aren’t you reading my posts, Paul? I said I was moving, but I didn’t say immediately. I’m shooting for the end of the week or early next week and will provide the new address/url.

  11. mikeeff

    I love him speaking his mind. his interview yesterday on michael kay was excellent. one of his best he kept talking and talking and unlike the cash of old, he actually said something. he explained that he needed ti be candid because otherwise when he was talking with other GMs about deals they needed to know he was not bullshitting them. i am paraphrasing of course, but I was fully behind everything he said. I was surprised when the Joba “never being the same after texas” statement came out…it makes me wonder whether they will try to trade him or not…seemed to lessen his value, but the medicals would be there for any team to see anyway. we’ll see

  12. raysrenegade

    Could it be that Brian Cashman ordered Crepes Suzette for breakfast and all of that tasty brandy’s alcohol did not burn off in the process?
    It has been a wild off season for the usually oratory correct Cashman. Could this be a sign of a brewing internal thing where the Steinbrenner family might have finally woke up from their slumber and want to be upfront and center in all things Yankees?
    I guy it will be “Stay Tuned” for more Cashman nuggets.
    The Soriano fiasco is still a seeping wound in his back.

    Rays Renegade

  13. Jane Heller

    I’m glad you were able to control yourself with the students, Nadine. LOL. I don’t think Cashman would have been so honest if George were alive and still running the show, I really don’t. So maybe he feels liberated. But you’re so right about the Soriano thing. If it doesn’t work out, Cash can always shrug and say, “It wasn’t MY idea.”

  14. Jane Heller

    I don’t think it was the Crepes, Renegade. He’s been talking truth for awhile now. And no, I don’t think there’s an “internal thing brewing.” I think there have always been differences between what Cashman wants and what the Steinbrenners want (Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, on and on). His job is to defer to them and he does.

  15. Jane Heller

    Good point about Grandy/Jeter, Catherine. But I think Cashman was talking hypothetically and well down the road for Jeter to play center. No guarantees it’ll happen. Will Grandy hang around the Yankees for years to come? No idea. I think everybody’s trade bait when it comes to going after an elite starting pitcher.

  16. Jane Heller

    Whoa. These comments are getting even more scrambled than usual, Mike. Didn’t see yours until just now. I, too, prefer this newer, chattier Cashman. I wish I’d heard him with Kay yesterday. If course, I wonder what Joba has to say about all this. Does he know the organization feels this way? Is he expecting to get traded? Talking about his injury and loss of velocity would seem to lower his trade value.

  17. blithescribe

    Whatever happened to Cashman, I hope it’s contagious. I’d love it too if someone inside the Angels were suddenly very open and upfront about the decision making process, especially the things that didn’t go as planned or points of disagreement.
    I don’t know what we’d do if politicians started telling only the truth. Campaign speeches would certainly be a lot shorter, that’s for sure: I cannot tell a lie, I am just talking to hear the sound of my own voice.
    – Kristen

  18. Jane Heller

    Now that you mention it, Kristen, the Angels do seem to play things close to the vest and that can be frustrating if you’re the type of fan I am (which is the type that wants to know everything all the time!). Btw, I’m hoping to go to Anaheim in June when the Yankees come into town.

  19. blithescribe

    Cool! We’re going to try to go to at least one of the Angels/Yankees games too this year, among others. I’m still trying to figure out our game plan, so to speak, so I can stalk Stubhub appropriately when the individual game tickets go on sale and Stubhub asking prices drop.
    – Kristen

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