General manager Brian Cashman, who began his career with the Yankees as a 19-year-old intern in Tampa, broke down in tears last night in a losing clubhouse when he was asked if this was his final game working for the team.
The tears and Cashman’s inability to even respond to the question is, perhaps, the strongest indicator that he plans to leave when his contract expires on Oct. 31. Cashman has tabled all discussion of his status until after the season. But when that came abruptly last night, with the Yankees losing a decisive ALDS Game 5 by 5-3 to Anaheim, he had to table the matter even further.
“Did it creep into your mind that this could be the last one you are involved in?” was the question posed to Cashman about 20 minutes after the final out. Cashman began to try to answer, his eyes reddened and his voice cracked. He tried to compose himself, putting his hand to his mouth and taking a deep breath.
But that only made him actually start to cry and he excused himself with apologies, saying he would address it today.
It’s pretty hard to imagine this long-suffering executive being out of work for long. And there is a job opening in Tampa, after all. If nothing else, Cashman already knows the area.