Brian Cashman joins bleacher bunch
NEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman became a Bleacher Creature on Sunday afternoon.
Cashman, along with his 8-year-old son, Teddy, sat in the outfield stands and took part in the Yankee Stadium tradition of the roll call in the top of the first inning.
During the first, the fans in the outfield bleachers chant each defender's name until the player acknowledges their calls.
On Sunday morning, Bleacher Creature Vinny Milano, who is known as "Bald Vinny," saw Cashman outside the Stadium. As he has done before, Milano asked Cashman to sit in the stands.
"He said, 'Why don't you come on out?'" Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com after the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. "I said, 'You know what, maybe I will.' I've got my son. I've never experienced the roll call from the stands. I wanted my son to experience a big part of Yankee tradition now.
"So I said, 'I'll come out for the first inning, if I have time. If something doesn't come up.' So we were able to make it. We sat for the first defensive portion of the inning and then we left and we went back to the office."
Cashman's office is in Yankee Stadium and has a view of the field.
To make his way to the bleachers, Cashman wore a disguise. With a spiked wig, a blue visor and sunglasses, Cashman walked through the crowd unnoticed.
Since the fans in the bleachers knew that Cashman was on his way, they recognized him and he took 30 to 50 pictures, he said.
Cashman was most excited for his son Teddy. Last year, Cashman received a Bleacher Creature blanket, which he passed down to Teddy.
Now, Cashman looks forward to hearing Teddy tell his family and friends about the experience. Teddy described it as "good."
"Teddy is now an official Bleacher Creature," Cashman said.
Cashman said he received a nice welcome from the fans, even though he has been under fire over the past week because of Michael Pineda's injury. Pineda is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday on his right shoulder that will cost him the entire season. Even Cashman has chimed in on the move.
"This is a massive decision gone wrong right now," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews on Friday. "So all scrutiny is fair."