The New York Yankees are not like most sports franchises. Whereas most others would be perfectly fine with a super-highly-paid athlete tweeting about how excited he is to be advancing in his rehab, those wearing the pinstripes tend to do things a little differently.
Thus, when third baseman Alex Rodriguez — who is being paid millions each month to do nothing at the moment — tweeted out his rehab work, general manager Brian Cashman was not impressed.
First, the tweet in question.
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
Harmless enough, right?
Wrong. When asked about A-Rod’s announcement, Cashman did not mince words.
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Not exactly the words you use when talking about a guy owed $27 million annually.
Also, for all the flak A-Rod takes (and deservedly so at times, as he admitted to steroid use and is not known as the world’s greatest teammate), Cashman needs the 37-year old to get better in a hurry. Rodriguez batted .272 with 18 homers in 122 games last year. Those attempting to fill the offensive void at the position this year are a combined .246 with only four home runs.
But who cares about numbers or salary right now. Cashman’s reaction is literally priceless.
[H/T: CBS Sports]