Part 30 in a series analyzing the New York Yankees.
There was a time when Brian Cashman wanted no part of being George Steinbrenner’s general manager.
“Early on I was with [GM] Woody Woodward, whose nickname was ‘The Pharmacist’ because his office drawer was filled with vitamins to try and keep him healthy while he was under such siege from The Boss,’’ Cashman recalled recently while on a fund-raising call for Family Center’s Emergency Family Assistance Fund. “I remember saying to myself, ‘I would never want that job.’ Why would I not want the job? Because it is a no-win, so stressful.’’
Games or no games, this is Cashman’s 23rd year in a job he never wanted but landed on Feb. 3, 1998, after Bob Watson stepped down.
Across the 52-year-old Cashman’s 34 years working for the Yankees, there have been challenges, successes, heartbreaks, difficult decisions and failures.
“It has been an amazing magic-carpet ride which has led us to this season,’’ was the way Cashman described being part of the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year-old intern in the minor league scouting department.
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