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.