Maybe its the stress of the Jeter negotiations. Maybe its the pressure to add a front-line starter to the rotation. Maybe its just a side of Brian Cashman we’ve never seen. Whatever “it” is, the uncertainty and oddness of the off-season has taken another wacky turn, with news today that the Bombers’ GM will rappell down a building in an elf costume.
The Stamford Downtown Special Services District has announced Cashman will join this year’s Heights and Lights event as a celebrity guest elf, accompanying Santa Claus on a 22-floor rappel down the Landmark Building.
“Brian Cashman will be there with smiles and his Yankee jacket, rappelling,” said Sandy Goldstein, director of the DSSD.
This of course means that Cashman will cover more ground vertically than Jeter did horizontally during 2010. I’m sure Cashman will point that out to Casey Close the next time they speak.
“Santa Claus is rarely unaccompanied in his acrobatic 350-foot descent down the side of the Landmark Building, a Stamford tradition. While the man in red is often escorted by the Grinch and Rudolph, this is the first time a member of the Yankees franchise is to take the plunge.”
Acrobatic? Brian Cashman? Its not like we’ve seen him deftly floating across the stage on “Dancing with the (Free Agent) Stars”. Also, if they wanted the Grinch, I’m sure Cashman could have arranged for Hank Steinbrenner to be there. As for Rudolph . . . no, you can’t come, Mr. Giuliani.
“Santa and Cashman will kick off the holiday season in Stamford Sunday, when they step off the Landmark building’s ledge at 4:30 p.m. Music performed by local students and a fireworks display will accompany the rappel.”
Please G-d, keep the fireworks display away from the rappelling Cashman. If we’re going to lose our primary “rosterfarian” (they don’t eat shellfish or pork, but have been known to eat a free agent contract bust or two), let it be through the usual excuses like incompetence, paranoia or inappropriate office behavior.
“This is going to be a surprise for all,” Goldstein said. “Will he be an elf in Yankee clothing or a Yankee in elf clothing? You’ve got to come Sunday night to find out.”
Does it matter? Its going to be Brian Cashman . . . as an elf . . . rappelling down a 22-story building!