Reliever Aroldis Chapman was hyped watching the Yankees on Opening Night.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman would have loved nothing more than to feature in the team’s convincing Opening Night win against the Washington Nationals. Heck, just sitting in the bullpen with his fellow relievers likely would’ve been enough to suffice the left-handed fireballer.
Unfortunately for Chapman, a positive coronavirus test has sequestered him to the comfort of his own home, where he’s working out like a maniac while waiting to be cleared.
Therefore, it comes as literally zero surprise whatsoever that the superstar closer was watching New York dismantle Washington on Thursday…while grinding through yet another intense workout.
Like all Yankees fans, Chapman was loving the team’s performance, specifically when Giancarlo Stanton uncorked a 459-foot moon shot to put them up 2-0 in the first inning against Max Scherzer.
The six-time All-Star shouted out the former NL MVP on his Instagram story and later posted another photo of him watching the game while (you guessed it) getting in a workout.
We honestly feel sorry for the poor sap that ends up being the first hitter that Chapman faces this season. Based on his latest social media activity, our guess is that he will mow down that batter in dominating fashion.
The only thing is we genuinely have no idea when that will be. Two weeks after the 32-year-old’s first diagnosis on July 11, it remains entirely unclear when he will be all systems go.
As recently as Wednesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that Chapman, although he’s been largely asymptomatic, has been testing positive pretty regularly since being diagnosed.
That update is certainly discouraging and we wish the Cuban Missile a speedy recovery. In the meantime, you can bet that he will continue gassing up his teammates — presumably while putting up absurd amounts of weight — until he’s medically cleared.