It was the tweet heard around the world. https://twitter.com/AROD/status/349668933797818368
In case you missed the hullabaloo last night, Brian Cashman wasn't too happy with Alex Rodriguez's tweet, in which A-Rod expressed his happiness about being cleared to play in games and Cashman erupted in anger over it. Cashman's first mistake was reacting the way that he did. His second mistake was doing it in front of the ESPN New York guys who took the ball and ran with it.
Before you knew it, it was the main story on ESPN and everyone on Twitter was talking about it.
All of this over a tweet that didn't have bad language, wasn't derogatory in anyway and seemed kind of harmless. Maybe Brian Cashman needs a vacation.
And in a not-so-shocking development, we all awoke to find that certain members of the New York sports media are predictably taking Brian Cashman's side in the whole 'Shut the f*** up' kerfuffle of 2013 or, at least they're portraying what happened last night more as "A-Rod screwed up on Twitter!" than "Cashman was completely wrong and out of line for reacting how he did."
In my opinion, the latter is how it should be spun.
Let's take Alex Rodriguez out of the equation for a moment. Could you imagine if Cashman did this sort of thing to someone like Derek Jeter? The fans would be marching to Yankee Stadium with pitchforks and torches but because it's Rodriguez and he's fair game for any type of criticism and attacks, it's all perfectly okay.
I thought sleeping on this would make me a little less annoyed with Cashman but seeing how the media are turning this into a chance to bash A-Rod, I'm even more livid.
As friend of the blog, Craig Calcaterra said:
Think about that: when has that happened in the past? Under what circumstances is it ever considered appropriate for a boss to profanely excoriate his employee, be it privately, in front of people or, as in this case, in the press? If your boss told someone in your office that you should “shut the f— up” I don’t feel like you’d say “well, I did bring this on myself.” You’d be outraged and rightfully so. Your boss would probably be reprimanded.
Instead of that, we're getting the "Everyone knew A-Rod on Twitter would be a huge mistake!" articles.
Brian Cashman shouldn't be let off the hook here and he should actually have to apologize for the way he carried himself last night. That was more embarrassing than A-Rod's tweet.
UPDATE Just saw this from Mark Feinsand. It's Alex Rodriguez's response to Cashman: “I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win. The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. Kelly’s prognosis.”
Wow, what a monster...