Maybe New York Yankees Brian Cashman is a bit surly after losing Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners or perhaps he’s really busy with last-minute Christmas shopping. Whatever the reason, Cashman had no time for a question from ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews regarding the status of officially signing Carlos Beltran.
It now has been nearly two weeks since a 3-year, $45 million deal between Beltran and the Yankees originally was reported. Eight days ago, Beltran even tweeted the following message about his new number with the Bronx Bombers.
My new number this year. Este será mi nuevo número este año. http://t.co/IBnixfzmcM
— Carlos Beltran (@carlosbeltran15) December 11, 2013
As you can see, his avatar had been changed to the Yankees logo. And as we all know, people aren’t all willy-nilly about their Twitter avatars, simply changing them on a whim.
Okay, maybe some do, but no major league baseball player would change his avatar to a team’s logo without believing that he is in fact a member of said team.
So, Matthews believed it to be reasonable to inquire of Cashman if there was any reason behind the holdup of making the deal official.
Cashman? He ain’t got time for that crap.
Matthews claims he called Cashman on Wednesday to ask about Beltran. Here was Cashman’s pithy response (via ESPN.com):
“There are terms to do, physicals to take, items to be worked out when you do a contract … There’s no scoop here. Nothing’s falling apart. I don’t have time to deal with stupid questions like this.”
Hey, Mr. Cashman. We get it. Holidays can be a stressful time of the year. But that doesn’t mean you have the right to bite a reporter’s head off about it and call his questions “stupid.” Gee whiz.
Then again, even though Wallace insists he didn’t mean to imply that he was asking about whether or things were “falling apart,” perhaps things have gotten complicated. Or, as alluded to above, Brian Cashman just hates Christmas.
[H/T Hardball Talk]