Brian Cashman's Winter Meetings warm up is the ultimate adrenaline rush

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Brian Cashman is set to rappel down a 22-story building on the eve of the Winter Meetings. (Newsday)
Brian Cashman is set to rappel down a 22-story building on the eve of the Winter Meetings. (Newsday)

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is continuing a tradition unlike any other in baseball.

As he’s done each of the last six years, Cashman will spend the night before baseball’s Winter Meetings rappelling down the side of the 22-story Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn.

It’s part of the city’s “Heights & Lights” holiday program, which is also designated to raise awareness for local businesses. Cashman’s stunt has become a staple of the event, and it sounds like that will continue for many years to come.

“This is fun – I mean, how many times do you get the chance to jump off a 22-story building? I guess once a year for me, but it’s becoming a habit,” Cashman told the media before making a practice run on Friday morning. “I like doing it. The rappel team are just great people, and when you have good people to have fun with and can be part of a great family event in your area, it’s neat. I’m thankful they invite me back every year, and hopefully everyone has a good time and I stay healthy!”

Cashman will be joined again by FOX 5 sports anchor Duke Castiglione. FOX News Channel meteorologist Rick Reichmuth is also part of this year’s team. In the past, former MLB manager Bobby Valentine has rappelled alongside Cashman and company.

Once his feet are back on the ground Sunday night, Cashman will begin his travels to Maryland for what’s expected to be an eventful winter meetings. It’s unknown how aggressive Cashman will be during the event itself, but it’s safe to assume his adrenaline will still be pumping.

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