Saturday, November 29, 2014
SHOPPING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
I just spent the last 24-hours shopping. My friend and I hit door buster after door buster from about 6:00 p.m. on Thursday through about 9:00 p.m. Friday. I digress, I really started on Wednesday morning with an online order to Best Buy, and I am not counting that, nor am I counting the quick cyber search to the H.H. Gregg site for Dr. Dre Solo2 Beats (don't tell my 13-year-old). I got some deals, had some laughs, had some frustrating moments and lived to see another day. As I sit here with blood shot eyes I have to say that sometime around 3:30 a.m. last night as I gazed out the window from Starbucks to the hollow halls of the mall in front of me, I realized something. I am out shopping for what I think I need, my kids want and my friends would appreciate.
And bang, it dawned on me- has Brian Cashman asked himself, "What do the Yankees need to win?" I guess he has, but has he really? Has he sat down quietly, perhaps in the wee hours of the morning, in the darkness in his home and answered that question in a way that enabled him to answer it honestly and truly? I say no way!
We have written a number of pieces with Cashman in the headline over the last year and particularly over the last few months since the season ended for us in yet another disappointing way. MY DAD'S ADVICE FOR BRIAN CASHMAN, HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT BRIAN CASHMAN PLAYED BALL... and of course, CASHMAN'S END IS COMING. Through these and dozens of others, we have tried to get into the mind of Cashman, who is still sort of a mystery to me. I know under his leadership, and I use that word very lightly, we have made the playoffs 15 out of 17 times since he's been at the helm. Hard to believe, right, but it is true.
Yet according to the New York Post back in early September, "Cashman’s offseason last year was a fiasco. If you’d like to analyze all of his trades, there are quite a few that come up lacking. He always has more money to spend, which not only means acquiring better players, in theory, but more importantly means he can cover his trail when it’s littered with mistakes." I think that about sums up Cashman for me. He keeps layering his Christmas tree with a lot of ornaments. Some of the ornaments weigh a little too much while others get pushed to the back and have no real presence or appeal. I call those the filler ornaments on my tree. Cashman just layers until he can't anymore and the tree falls, with the ornaments tumbling and breaking.
As I end my Black Friday the same way I began it, from my contour memory foam pillow, I beckon Brian Cashman to please go shopping for a championship team. Go to Oakland, Detroit and Washington D.C. Go to the National League West, go to the Arizona Fall League and go to the Winter Meetings. Just go, go out and shop and make some deals, pick up some door busters and use a coupon code for God's sake. Please, do something. I can't go on like this, in this funk of post-seasonitis. I need something special under the Christmas Tree this year. No more broken ornaments! Go shopping for a championship team, Brian!
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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