I’m transcribing the comments Brian Cashman made today. He’s pretty resigned to dealing with his mess Alex Rodriguez created by using performance-enhancing drugs.
“A lot of things took place in the past that we’re dealing with in the present. Obviously this is a significant one,” he said. “I look forward to getting everyone in here and starting to play the game of baseball and maybe we can eventually get the focus back on the field. But that’s not realistic right now and I understand that.”
I asked Cashman if he was confident that A-Rod has not used PEDs as a Yankee.
“I can tell you, from ’04 on we’ve had testing procedures in place and that’s the best that I can go off of. But I’m not here to represent that I’m confident about anything on anybody. I think we’ve lived through a tough, tough stretch that shattered that confidence level,” he said. “If you asked me that question five years ago, I’d be giving you a different answer. But I’ve been educated quite a bit, unfortunately, over the course of time. I won’t make the same mistakes I’ve made in the past. I’m not confident about anything in the past any more.”
It’s safe to say the Yankees are not pleased. They don’t take kindly to their image being dusted like this.