Derek Jeter said what particularly irked him was the Yankees’ suggestion, through the news media, that he explore free agency if he was not satisfied with their initial offer.
“To hear the organization tell me to go shop it when I just told you I wasn’t going to — if I’m going to be honest with you, I was angry about it,” said Jeter. That sentiment was echoed by General Manager Brian Cashman, who said, “The process can stink at times.”
No, Brian, it's not the process that stinks, it's the individuals that stink - and that would make you the chief stinker. Jeter entered the negotiations with openness and honesty, a sincerely expressed desire to stay with the Yankees, and an earnest wish to keep private negotiations - private. You, Hal, and the Yankees just couldn't bring yourself up to those standards but decided to follow the lead of the The Dead Emperor and lie, leak, and obfuscate to gain any possible advantage. The "process" didn't make those decisions, Brian. You and your boys did.
When you blame the "process", Brian, you sound like David Berkowitz, a.k.a. Son of Sam, the New York serial killer, who claimed he was commanded to murder his victims by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. Were you hearing voices, Brian? Was the insidious "process" making you do horrible things, Brian? Oh, the inhumanity of it all.
Man up, B. Everyone knows you played dirty with Jeter. A living legend, future HOF inductee, the current Face of the Yankees... who cares. After all, there’s a “process”.
Sorry, Brian, you can't rub the stink off this time.