Other than Brian Cashman, the only high-ranking team official at the press conference today was chief operating officer Lonn Trost, who has almost no say in baseball decisions.
No Randy Levine. No Hank Steinbrenner. No Hal Steinbrenner. Not even Felix Lopez.
Was there a message being sent that Brian Cashman is out on a limb with his hand-picked manager?
Levine showed up last winter when they introduced Kei Igawa. But ownership was conspiciously absent today. It struck me as strange. When a team like the Yankees introduces a manager for the first time in 12 years, you might think the top execs would show up, shake his hand and get in the photographs.
I understand today was largely a photo opportunity. But the only people in the photo were Cashman and Girardi.