YES Network is debuting a new series tonight at 7 p.m. It’s called Yankees Baseball Daily, and the debut episode features the first part of a two-part interview with Brian Cashman. As you might expect, the postseason performance of guys like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher is part of that conversation.
“We made the choices we felt were best for (Rodriguez) as an individual to put him in this position to succeed,” Cashman says in the interview. “And it just never happened. He was never able to be in a position where you felt good that he was back from all of (the injuries), whether it was health or timing, or both. You hoped that it’s just ready to turn the corner at any moment, but that corner never came.”
Part Two of the Cashman interview — conducted by Jack Curry — will air during tomorrow night’s episode, also airing at 7 p.m.
Looking for more Yankees on TV tonight… There have been a lot of Yankees connections so far on Studio 42 with Bob Costas this winter. Tonight’s episode airs at 9 p.m. on MLB Network, and the guest is Billy Crystal, who discusses the 10th anniversary of his movie 61*.
According to the Network, Crystal talks about his relationship with Mickey Mantle, his relationship with George Steinbrenner and his one spring training at-bat with the Yankees in 2008.
Crystal also tells this story about making 61*.
I knew where everything was. (I would say), “This should be like that, no this guy batted that day, this guy pinch-hit.” I didn’t even have to look at stats, I knew everything, and it was the perfect kind of movie for me to do because it was something I loved and it was something I knew I could do well.
Ross Greenburg, who was my partner in the movie at HBO, took the film down to Gainesville, Florida to show the Maris family for the first time. I was in California on a scoring stage with Mark Shaiman doing the music for the movie and I knew they were watching it and I was really nervous about that. The phone rings in the booth and it’s Ross and he says, “Somebody wants to talk to you.” So I said, “Who is it?” He said, “Roger’s mother.” I go, “Hello?” And she goes, “You got it right,” and hung up. Just hung up. So I said, “I think we can continue, I think we’re okay.”
So much good has happened for the movie. … It was put into the Baseball Hall of Fame, stuff I never would have imagined. I thought I was going to get there as a player, but that still might happen. For this to be honored and to be put into the film archives at the Hall of Fame, it was something that was sort of meant to be, I think.