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Theo didn't kick Cash's butt after all

Despite Epstein's big offseason signings, it's Cashman who wears the AL East crown

Updated: September 23, 2011, 9:51 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- From behind his desk, wearing a blue New York Yankees pullover on his first full day as an unlikely American League East champ, Brian Cashman was willing to confess a venial springtime sin.

Those public proclamations that the 2011 Boston Red Sox would be mightier than the 1927 Yanks? Yeah, Cashman was hoping to weigh down his rival with the burden of great expectations.

"I thought it was fact," the Yankees' general manager said in his office Thursday night. ...

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