An F-Bomb for A-Rod

by Jason Epstein

So what appeared at a glance to be a harmless Tweet from Alex Rodriguez:

. . . resulted in this thermonuclear response:

Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.

“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.”

In controveries involving an athlete and a team’s front office, one would think that the general manager would be the adult in the room. Cashman, who offered a war-ravaged Kevin Youkilis (.219/.305/.343 in a mere 28 games played) a one-year, $12 million contract to fill in at third base — hey, how is that deal turning out? — ought to hope that a happy A-Rod returns ASAP to a lineup that is currently anemic, at least from the right-hand side of the plate.

More here and here.

UPDATE: “Yankees GM Brian Cashman addresses his A-Rod comments

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