Yankees general manager breaks leg in skydiving trip
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- The general manager of one of the best known teams in baseball suffered a bad landing in South Florida.
If you are a Yankees fan, you know the name Brian Cashman, he is the general manager of the team and he was recently in Homestead for a skydiving trip with the United States Army, to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that helps soldiers oversees to transition into daily life.
He came to Homestead and ended up with an injury of his own. "If I was a rookie in the first one, I was a sophomore jinx on the second one," said Cashman.
This wasn't exactly the way the day was supposed to go for the New York Yankees General Manager. Earlier in the day everything seemed to be going great. Cashman had made his very first jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Skydiving Team in Homestead, Monday morning.
The first landing was picture perfect. "It was exhilarating, it was amazing, that jump out of that plane is like something I could never describe," said Cashman.
Jim Harper from the New York Daily News said, "It was a nice story. He is doing it to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors Project and everything was good."
Cashman decided to go for a second jump. "The second time he came down, he didn't notice anything when it happened but then he stayed on the ground and they brought ice for him and we knew something was wrong and it turned out he apparently caught his foot. We got over there to him briefly and he said he had heard something pop in his ankle," said Harper.
The result, one broken bone in his lower leg and a dislocated ankle. "Our intention was to raise awareness for the woundedwarriorproject.org and it's a great charity so, I think we have successfully done that. I'm honored to have been trained with the best, jumped with the best and I'm just disappointed I let the best down with my second fall. I jumped twice and landed once," said Cashman.
Cashman has since left the hospital in Homestead and is heading to Fort Lauderdale where he is expected to have surgery.
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