Monday, March 4, 2013

Brian Cashman breaks ankle on second jump with Army's Golden Knights

Brian Cashman took a break from the payroll drama that is the New York Yankees and jumped out of a plane from 12,500 feet Monday morning.  Not that the pressure was getting to him or anything — the Yankees general manager did it to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and his own sense of worth.

The jump with the Golden Knights of the U.S. Army, based out of Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, marked what was the latest in several stunts performed by the daredevil GM to promote various causes.

"It's an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don't do or will ever do, so that's awesome," Cashman said the other day before the leap of faith. "It's called living."

Cashman — who was accompanied by The New York Daily News writer John Harper — loved the initial jump so much that he went back to do it a second time, calling it "an incredible experience."

The second time was not a charm after Cashman injured his ankle on the landing and emergency vehicles were bought in to take care of the still smiling GM. Cashman said he "heard a pop" on touchdown and Harper reported that a bone was "sticking out."

Now where does that sound familiar in spring training — oh yeah, Joba Chamberlain.

Harper documented the thrill-seeking Cashman's tandem jump with photos of the GM getting ready to exit the plane and the South Florida view from 9,000 feet — still a half mile lower than the jumping off altitude.

"We're in the plane. Fortunately only Cashman is jumping," Harper tweeted from the doorless plane. How right he was.

After the crash landing, Cashman still called the experience "awesome" and hoped the incident would bring more publicity to The Wounded Warriors project.

I guess trampolining with Joba is definitely out of the question now.  

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