Before the New York Yankees' Wednesday night game against the Washington Nationals, general manager Brian Cashman sat in front of the media to answer questions about the team's nine-game losing streak -- its longest in 41 years.
We'll have a larger breakdown of this presser in the morning, but fans are laser focused on one particular thing Cashman said when he was asked about his job security (as well as manager Aaron Boone's).
Cashman, for as frustrating as he's been at these kinds of media events, appeared a bit defeated. He was candid, too, which isn't always the case. But there comes a time for everybody to face the music, and the Yankees sitting at 60-65 left him with no choice. There were no longer any excuses.
According to Cashman, Hal Steinbrenner has been heavily involved on the baseball side of things and he wants "answers." Cashman added that the owner wants the front office to "look at all aspects of our operation" to determine what has gone wrong.
But the bombshell was Cashman's admission that he believes everybody's job security is going to be evaluated in the offseason after how badly everything's gone off the rails.
Did Brian Cashman admit his job was on the line during Yankees presser?
Thankfully, the Yankees are on their way to a win on Wednesday night (and man, would a loss could really expedite things), but that doesn't change anything. The Yankees need 10 straight wins to even consider starting a conversation about this season not being an all-time disappointment.
A lot of the offseason speculation has centered around Boone because most believe he will be some sort of a scapegoat, much like hitting coach Dillon Lawson. In theory, it will be a big enough change to shut most people up while protecting those calling the shots, who are truly at fault.
But the noise from the fanbase and the media has gotten louder and louder, with Cashman stuck in the crosshairs. Steinbrenner claims to not pay any attention to the headlines and talk shows, but perhaps he's been unable to avoid the tidal wave over the last couple months.
The Yankees, as diehard fans know well, are very guarded in their responses and rarely ever resort to this kind of candor ... and when they do, there's a palpability to it that usually foreshadows something of note. Remember, the firing of Lawson marked the first in-season coaching dismissal in Cashman's 25 years at the helm.
There's always the possibility that it's just a charade to calm the masses, but if things get much worse, Steinbrenner knows he probably can't evade the walls that are closing in on him.