Brian Cashman says A-Rod might miss the entire season, everyone panics

Oh Brian Cashman, why do you do this to me? Okay, well, not to me but to all of us. It was a non-eventful, cloudy, cold Winter’s day here in the New York area. We were all sitting at our comuters, contemplating our lives, wishing baseball season was sooner rather than later and then BOOM! Cashman goes on WFAN-AM radio says an innocuous comment and people freak out.

“I think, because of the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, there is that chance,” Cashman told WFAN-AM in New York on Friday. “I would say it’s not going to be because Alex doesn’t do everything in his power to put himself in a position to get back, and be healthy and productive. He’ll do everything necessary and his part. It’s just will the success of the surgery and the condition that he has recover optimally as everybody expects, but there’s no guarantees in this stuff. Best-case scenario, yeah, he should be back. Worst-case scenario he won’t be back or there might be something in between. These are unique circumstances and new experiences injury wise that has a very small history behind it in the last decade or so.”

So Cashman happens to mention that there’s a chance, albeit a slight one, that Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season. He also said there’s a chance that won’t happen but which part of the statement was tweeted, blogged about and will be talked about on sports radio/sports TV ad nauseum until Alex Rodriguez actually sets foot onto a baseball field?

Yep, you guessed it.

Now, I get why he did it fans may have to be prepared for the possibility of a full season without Rodriguez but on the other hand, I also have to question his reasoning behind it. Cashman is an old pro at this and he knows how New York fans and media overreact to everything.

All I’ve been seeing this afternoon on various social media networks is “A-ROD IS GOING TO BE OUT THE WHOLE SEASON!!!111111″

So, thanks, Bri! We all thought it would be a peaceful Friday in Yankeeland but nope, not at all.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

10 thoughts on “Brian Cashman says A-Rod might miss the entire season, everyone panics

  1. Joe

    Can they cash in on that insurance policy?

  2. Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!!!

    • srosegots


    • David

      Tell me about the Twinkie?

  3. Mister D

    Oh you know you're loving it. This has been a boring as hell offseason in Yankeeland. Who cares how artificial the panic is?

  4. Bill

    Brian Cashman plays the media for the fools that they are. I honestly believe he does it for his own amusement. It works every time. Either he's a genius at manipulating the media or the media is comprised of people who barely have the capability to cross the street. Probably a combination of the two.

  5. Norm

    This is what a good salesman does. It's called setting expectations. Set them real low, and the customer is pleased, hell, estatic with anything they get above that level. Cashman knows everyone is down on A-Rod. So, if he tells people he may not play this season but he does and produces at a decent level, everyone will be happy.

  6. Chris

    The Yankees can either cash in on an insurance policy or void Arods contract if hes out an entire season.

  7. Since I made this posting in facebook long before THIS news came out, I will ask it here:

    If the line on the number of games ARod plays AT THIRD BASE is 30, do you take the under or over, for 2013? Does not include DH'ing. Games started at 3B only.

    I said under and I still say UNDER.

    • David

      Youk: DRS of -1 / UZR of -4.5
      ARod: DRS of -2 / UZR of -3.9

      I'd bet Under, but parlay that with the Over on amount of "unintentional" pickoff moves to third Joba throws that hits Youk in the face.

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