Still no word from the mountaintop bunker where Brian Cashman is hiding out to contemplate his future.
Some people think he’s gonzo, others think he won’t be able to leave the only team he has ever known, especially after a down season.
I think this is a legit 50-50 and in the end he will stay. But if Hank Steinbrenner can’t be muzzled, Cashman could walk. It’s not like he needs the money at this point. He needs to be able to do his job without interference.
Meanwhile … Hideki Matsui said he doesn’t think his knee would be ready in time to allow him to play in the WBC. The Yankees also will do everything they can to keep Chien-Ming Wang out of the tournament as he recovers. The only WBC players might be A-Rod, Jeter and Damon. … Jose Molina is getting laser eye surgery. … Kevin Long is headed down to the Dominican on Nov. 15 to continue his work with Robbie Cano. His new stance seemed to click the last two weeks.
Heard a great story today. After the rookies dressed up in their Village People outfits on Saturday and went back to the hotel, Jason Giambi invited them all to the hotel bar. After a few drinks, he paid for a bus to take all the rookies, a few other players, some staff members, assorted friends and a security guard to the Capital Grille for dinner. The Big G hosted a dinner for about 25 people, including the bus driver who he insisted join the group. He paid for the whole thing and dropped a huge tip on the wait staff.
On the way back to the hotel, Jason told the kids that he wished them a long and happy career and to always watch out for the rookies on their team.
Giambi told the other players he didn’t want any publicity for what he did. Tough break, Jason. People should know you’re a good dude.