But, of course…
I'm telling you, nothing ever goes according to plan.
(A few weeks ago) Brett Gardner got hurt, so [general manager Brian Cashman] called me at 1:30 in the morning and said, 'Hey, we want Aaron Judge here tomorrow, to start.' Not like, to be here and come off the bench -- to start. So, alright, it's 1 in the morning in Rochester (where Judge was). We contact our guys at Triple-A. There's two flights first thing in the morning from Rochester to New York, but given that there was potential with rain and weather, it was just too concerning. So it worked out really well: Judge's parents were in Rochester, so they all hopped in a car and drove through the night. I got them a hotel somewhere out in New Jersey so they could stop and get a few hours of sleep. It worked out great.
I'll get those calls at 1 o'clock, and we're scrambling and I'm literally at my desk at 2 o'clock in the morning trying to find a hotel that has a vacancy at 2am on a Friday, and trying to coordinate that with his family, but everyone else is gone, but at 9 o'clock in the morning he just shows up.
That's my goal. At the end of the day, I'm a behind-the-scenes guy. You want everything to fall into place, you want from the outside, everything to be, Oh, Judge is here on time, everything worked out according to plan. The only time someone talks about the operations guy, the logistics guy, is when something goes wrong.