New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman underwent surgery after breaking his right leg yesterday during a charity skydive in Florida.
Cashman, 45, broke his fibula and dislocated his right ankle on his second tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at the Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami. He was participating in an event that seeks to raise awareness for injured service members through the Wounded Warrior Project, the Major League Baseball team said in an e-mailed release.
“I’m in great spirits and it was an awesome experience,” Cashman said in the release. “While I certainly didn’t intend to raise awareness in exactly this fashion, I’m extremely happy that the Wounded Warrior Project is getting the well-deserved additional attention.”
Cashman enjoyed his first jump so much that he decided to do another and caught his leg on the ground while landing, according to the New York Daily News. The bone was sticking out of the skin on Cashman’s ankle as he was tended to by medical staff, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified witness.
Cashman had been invited to participate in a jump when the Golden Knights parachuted into Yankee Stadium before a game last season and again as the Yankees finalized plans for a March 30 exhibition game that will be played at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, the team’s website said. He made yesterday’s tandem jumps with military personnel from a height of about 12,500 feet (3,810 meters), falling at a speed of 129 miles per hour (208 kilometers per hour), according to the Yankees’ website.
The Wounded Warrior Project “provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life,” according to the organization’s website.
Cashman is no stranger to heights. For the past three years, he has rappelled down the 350-foot (107-meter), 22-story Landmark Building in Stamford, Connecticut, as part of the town’s “Heights and Lights” festival.
“I was asked when I was going off the buildings, ’How difficult is something like this?’” Cashman told reporters last week. “I would say it’s harder, probably, to be GM of the Yankees than jump out of an airplane.”