The unrest has arrived. And it's here to stay. Because the New York Yankees have allowed this to linger for far too long. They have put underwhelming or incomplete products on the field. They send the same mundane talking heads to the podium that offer no insight and come off as condescending. The jig is up.
The for the second night in a row at Yankee Stadium, "Fire Cashman" chants broke out. It first occurred on Tuesday following the team's laughable trade deadline. On Wednesday, the fans wasted no time doing it again, erupting in the first inning after Gerrit Cole surrendered a home run to Wander Franco.
The fact it's happening completely out of context explains it all, too. Cole giving up a home run to the Rays? That has more to do with the right-hander typically getting punked by the Yankees' rivals than anything else. Cole represents one of Cashman's few good moves in the last six years.
The anger has boiled over and will now come to the surface whenever the Yankees come up short or disappoint in any manner, which is when you know you've reached the point of no return.
Welcome to baseball's version of Gotham City. There's a price to pay for constantly letting the people down. Here you have it.
Yankee Stadium's 'Fire Cashman' chants should send message to Hal Steinbrenner
All the unsettling news on Wednesday didn't help, either. First, Willie Calhoun, one of the only hitters capable of success against left-handed pitching, elected free agency after the Yankees arrogantly thought they could stash him at Triple-A.
Then, hours later, it was revealed Domingo Germán would miss the rest of the season to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse. They once again tried to cover up the whole Monday injury ordeal by saying the incident with Germán occurred on Tuesday that led to the decision, but everybody knows that doesn't add up. They probably knew Monday, realized they were in a bad position, tried to switch gears, and completely blew it. The circle of life with anything public relations-related in the Bronx.
Cashman's post-deadline presser should be the nail in the coffin, however, because he did one of two things: he either lied to the fans' faces by saying the current roster is "in it to win it" or he waved the white flag at the deadline and opted not to buy because he was afraid to waste assets on a lost cause.
Regardless, it's his fault. He built the roster. He hasn't done the requisite work to fix it. A four-year extension? Either rip that up or reassign him in the organization, because now that the fans have truly had enough, the media's going to follow even more harshly. And that'll truly be bad for business.