You to know It’s a slow summer in Yankees Drama Land when New York sports radio trend setters begin to be disgusted by the finer details of another win, the one that put the Bombers 30 games above .500 at mid-June.
Wednesday night, in the second of six meetings with the Tampa Bay Rays this week, the Yankees and their rivals suffered a bizarre delay in the eighth inning as umpires tried to analyze a pitching change. It allowed Nestor Cortes Jr. let down his hair (mustache) and briefly chat with Randy Arozarena of the Rays by the dugout.
Cortes had just passed another “big test,” shutting down the Rays for the second time this season after posting a rare stink against the Twins in his previous outing. His ERA remains below 2.00 and he can clearly handle high-level competition, leaving him feeling free and easy to chat with Arozarena, who escaped Cuba before defecting to MLB.
Cortes, too, has Cuban blood and probably had a lot to catch up on with Arozarena, stalling first during the interminable delay. Apparently even a short chat session was too much for WFAN’s Brandon Tierney, who thought Aaron Judge should have intervened.
Watching Cortes talk to Arozarena “genuinely deranged” Tierney, and was a “terrible look,” in baseball straight out of a 1960s playbook.
The Yankees, of course, won the game, which might not have happened if Judge had started a fire in the Rays dugout by lifting Cortes Jr. by his hips and throwing him to the other side from the dugout, forbidding him from ever addressing the opposition again.
WFAN’s Brandon Tierney furious with Yankees’ Nestor Cortes Jr.
Feeling a little embarrassed about the fraternization between the Rays and the Yankees, just as the tide is finally starting to turn in the direction of New York in the heated rivalry, is one thing. To say that the judge should have “intervened” is an extremely bizarre statement to make.
Oh good? You think it’s a better situation if the judge arrives from center field and starts escorting his All-Star teammate out of there? You think it’s better if Judge and Cortes get into a howling mid-win match? Great. That’s what captains are made of. I understood.
Lest we remind you, this is the innocent conversation referred to here:
That would certainly be out of place in baseball’s golden age.
For the moment? The Yankees got out of trouble and won again. The “Aaron Hicks and Joey Gallo Must Go” storyline doesn’t play out as well when the Bombers roll the AL East, so apparently that’s the next stage of the speech. Hey, whatever it takes!