From The Offices Of Rex Cashman – Assistant To The Assistant General Manager – New York Yankees
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLIC RELEASE (October 17, 2007)
The New York Yankees are proud to announce the addition of Leo Mazzone to the most storied organization in all of sports. As of November 1st, Mr. Mazzone will be joining our organization as pitching coach.
We’d like to take this opportunity to convey our sincere appreciation to “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry for his commitment to pinstripes. Ron has agreed to remain with the organization, in an undefined capacity, as all Yankees do. We’re family.
Although, Ron has done a satisfactory job, we simply cannot overlook the availability of baseball’s best pitching coach. Who wudda thunk it? But, it’s the Orioles and we understand that they’re a rudderless ship. We’d also like to seize this opportunity to thank the Orioles for outbidding us in the Albert “Joey” Belle sweepstakes many moons ago – much appreciated.
In hiring Leo Mazzone, we realize the very best of pitching minds will be molding our young hurlers (Joba can’t wait) and reinvigorating our veteran arms. He’s been highly successful throughout his career. Of course, we’re not considering these past couple years in Baltimore as part of his resume. After all, who succeeds there?
We realize Leo had very little to “mold” in Camden Yards. We’d venture to say that coaching or “getting through” to Daniel Cabrera holds the same likelihood of mustering a conversation at the Babe Ruth Statue or at Yankee Stadium’s famed “Monument Park.”
We’d like to think that when the “Boss” from “Cool Hand Luke,” said …. “some men you just can’t reach” …. he was referring to Daniel Cabrera. Thus, even Leo couldn’t help the young man. But, we’re certain Leo will be just fine with Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Jeff Karstens.
Finally, we’d like to express our humblest gratitude to Dave Trembley for delivering Leo Mazzone to the Yankee Stadium doorstep. If anyone can think of a nice Christmas gift for Dave, please contact us at …. firstname.lastname@example.org
See Ya in 2008