TAMPA, Fla. — Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman did not attend Aaron Boone’s opening news conference Tuesday at Steinbrenner Field, preferring to let their new manager have the stage to himself.
That was probably a wise decision in the wake of Goose Gossage’s inflammatory statements a day earlier, when the former Yankee lashed out at Cashman with an expletive-filled tirade featured on the back page of every New York tabloid. The Yankees had declined to invite Gossage back as a guest instructor because of his volatile past, when he ripped everyone from Mariano Rivera to sabermetric “nerds,” and his refusal to abide by the team’s request to tone it down.
Gossage targeted Cashman, calling him an “embarrassment” to the Yankees along with more colorful terms. Still, Cashman and Steinbrenner seem content to let the Gossage fire burn itself out rather than reply to the furious Hall of Famer. The Yankees don’t have any plans to issue a statement on the situation, and Cashman was not available Tuesday for comment.