Make it stop: The “Cashman’s trying to get fired” meme

Let’s start with the headline:

With Brian Cashman’s headline-filled offseason is Yankees GM trying to orchestrate a Bronx goodbye?

And into the nuts and bolts:

And there are people in baseball who wonder if Cashman has begun moving toward the door, if he really does want to go somewhere else and show the whole world that he is more a general manager than a money manager, that he doesn’t need to spend $200 million a year to build winning baseball teams.

“...there are people in baseball…” ARRRGH.  “There are people in baseball” is among the most commonly used crutches to hide behind a flimsy source who just wants to rant over a beverage. Just stop it, already. Please, I am begging you.

Lupica goes on to compare Cashman’s off-season to George Costanza’s attempt to get fired by George Steinbrenner during an episode of “Seinfeld.” I had to stop myself from quoting any more since trying to FJM another of Lupica’s facepalms is not in my schedule today. Read it yourself, or not. Your call. Or just bang your forehead into the corner of your desk and you’ve accomplished the same outcome.

I’m not sure how to make this stop. It’s so silly, childish. If Cashman is truly trying to “pull a Costanza”, then kudos to him. Me, I don’t think that’s even in the ballpark.

Viva Le Cashman!

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8 thoughts on “Make it stop: The “Cashman’s trying to get fired” meme

  1. Amen to that!

    Different takes on the job Cash is doing and why he's suddenly talking so much are a great way to separate the smart Yankee fans from the dumb ones.

  2. Mark

    Does Lombardi not realize that two of those events (the elf and bar-tending) were for charity? I'm gonna assume he doesn't because otherwise I would hope he would take a different tone. Why shouldn't Cashman be using his fame (if that's what you want to call it) and helping out great causes. He's the General Manager of the most recognizable team in all of sports, if he didn't make public appearances using the Yankees to bring attention to a cause, I'd be concerned. Paul and Michael were GMs before the Yankees became the Yankees to a whole new generation of baseball fans. Cashman has helped take a team that almost self-destructed several times and win 5 world championships in 15 years. This current baseball atmosphere is completely different from what was going on when Michael was GM, and I'm sure Michael did some charity events as well. Also, he tries to compare Cashman to Beane and Theo…um wouldn't most of the people in baseball say that the two of them of the top minds in all of baseball (Cash included). Schuerholtz and Gillick were great GM's but neither has had the success Cashman's had. Yes the Braves won 15 straight division titles, but only 1 WS, so Cash is still ahead and in his time in NY his teams have only missed the playoffs once and the team won 89 games that year. Lupica doesnt even deserve any acknowledgment because to think Cashman would willingly leave the team that can 1) give him the most resources 2) also PAY him the most money each year. I can't imagine him wanting to take a pay cut at this point. Cashman's job isn't to kiss the players' asses, he's supposed to create the best team possible with the resources given to him. The best place is in NY with the Yankees. Everyone knows it.

  3. Patrick

    All these alleged "sports writers" must have learned how to write from the Weekly World News.

    There is no other logical explanation for the level of idiocy these guys reach.

  4. Brian

    Agreed, good take.

    There could be an even simpler explanation though. He is simply trying to raise his profile. He's going into a contract year and by making himself more famous it creates more opportunities in case Hal decides not to offer him a new contract.

    No, he isn't TRYING to get fired. He is just trying to go out on his terms if it happens.

  5. I didn't know this until just a little bit ago, but apparently Cashman's father died of prostate cancer, which just makes Lombardi's attack all the more tasteless and offensive.

    Seriously, I don't know why anyone pays any attention to Lombardi, even for the sake of mocking him. I make it a point not to read him or similar bad blogs, and do just fine honestly. And I'd even put him in a separate class of bad blogging; places like Subway Squawkers or IIBHIIFIIC might be a mix of dumb/insane commentary, but Lombardi is totally different than that. Kabak nailed him completely earlier today on Twitter when he said, "[he] is a miser who takes joy in the Yanks’ losses. The only reason he still writes is because he gets off our annoyances."

    Seriously, just ignore the guy completely. That will drive him crazier than anything else.

  6. Rosie

    Lupica and Lombardi are just bored and have nothing else to write about. Let's face it; baseball is boring right now. Most of the interesting free agents are gone; Yankee writers are left to speculate about Pettite and Joba and the rotation and, yep, Cashman. At least during Spring Training, they get to write about everyone being in the best shape of their lives.

  7. Ramondo

    Lombardi putting down Cashman is a BIG SWITCH b/c he is leaving A-Rod alone. He always puts down A-Rod at any chance he can get. I'm not a big fan of his nor am I a big fan of Cashman. But what he is doing, in the name of charity, is great. He's helping others and that's what it is all about.
    Lastly, Lupica is a coward. Anytime you write a piece in the papers, you should put a comments section but he/Daily News won't do it. He writes like he knows everything yet he won't allow us, the people that actually reads his BS, an opportunity to chime in.

  8. billybeaneismyhero

    @Jason – While the idea of Cashman "pulling a Costanza" is hilarious, you're absolutely right on your assessment. Everyone thinks Cashman's job is easy, but it isn't. While he has the biggest payroll in baseball, he's under a great deal of pressure to put a championship squad on the field every season–no excuses. Name one other GM in the same position. You can't. Then, he has to contend with a tenuous media and an impatient fan base on top of it. As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the best GMs in baseball–and that's coming from a Red Sox fan.

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