Brian Cashman is the general manager of the New York Yankees, which means he has one of the most important jobs in all of sports.
He’s also homeless – at least for a few nights.
Cashman is involved with Covenant House, which assists homeless youth. Cashmere has been sleeping in the streets of New York City to raise money and awareness for this issue.
“I appreciate the Yankees stepping up and allowing me to do it,” Cashman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Covenant House is such an amazing group of people and what they do for these kids is off the chart. We have 200 guys tonight that are sleeping out in the street raising money (as) part of 15 different cities in North America. It’s our fifth year now and I’m really blessed to be a part of it and (for) the Yankees (shining) a light on what Covenant House does.”
By sleeping outside, Cashman gets a feel for what it’s like to be homeless.
“It’s pure misery,” he said. “It gives you complete humbling perspective. You’ll never walk down the street past somebody who’s in that situation and (look at it the same) . . . You’re going to view it very differently. This will be my fifth night. The first night was torrential rain, but mostly it’s been cold. But sleeping on hard concrete in a sleeping bag to cover you is it. You wake up the next day and you’re a zombie and you’re sleep-deprived. These are people that have to find a way to survive day in and day out. No on in America or in this world should have to live under those type of conditions where you’re not sure if you have a roof over your head, you’re not sure if you’re going to sleep in a safe environment. Then you got to get up and somehow get yourself cleaned off and find food the next day or a job. Some of the people have jobs; they just don’t have places to live. And so where do they get cleaned up? Just how do they actually do it and survive and somehow get through it? It’s just impossible. So a place like this is built for helping kids that are in that situation. It’s impossible to even comprehend. It’s only one night. Whether it’s bad weather tonight or not, it’s just one night. I do get to go home to a house tomorrow and a family. These kids don’t have that. Their family right now is Covenant House.”
Cashman’s college roommate, Kevin Ryan, is president of Covenant House.
“The stories that these kids have to tell – there’s a lot of success stories, there’s a lot of people out there that need the help, and there’s a lot of people that continue to need help,” Cashman said. “I had sponsors back in the day with the Yankees. They gave me opportunities and led me down a path (that gave) me an opportunity of a lifetime to be GM of the Yankees. The Covenant House takes care of homeless youth that don’t have those sponsors. They don’t have a parent background or they don’t have a home that they can go to at night, they don’t have a structured environment to have those opportunities to be able to grow into whatever they’re capable of being, and that’s what this place is here for. I’m really thankful that Kevin asked me to participate.”