Yankees announcer Michael Kay thinks Gary Sanchez should’ve started a mysterious locker room fight last year. Yeah, probably not?
Arguably the only good thing about Gary Sanchez’s September with the 2020 Yankees was that he went quietly.
Sanchez stepped aside more often than not in favor of Kyle Higashioka, and didn’t catch a single Gerrit Cole start once the two SoCal boys figured out they worked better together. It revolutionized Cole’s freshman season in the Bronx. It was pretty great.
According to Michael Kay, though, Sanchez would’ve been a whole lot cooler this year if he’d screamed at everyone after being told Higashioka was getting the keys to the tools of ignorance.
Kay’s recent takes have been all over the map, advocating for out-of-the-box things like Aroldis Chapman the starter, then vacillating to rip the Yankees apart for their trash Game 2 ALDS pitching plan. We’ve gone from nodding in complete agreement to nodding involuntarily, dazed and confused at what we’re hearing.
This take sinks in the latter column.
We’re acting like Sanchez wouldn’t have been destroyed by the Daily News and Post if he took out a back page column to scream about how Higashioka was stealing his job? That would’ve maybe been the worst, most toxic story to hit New York sports in years. Remember how annoying it was when Clint Frazier made an error and left the locker room early?
Also, not for nothing, but Jorge Posada still being angry at AJ Burnett after winning a title anyway seems petty and annoying a decade later. But that’s none of our business.
Kay did hit on one proper note on his Tuesday show: Whether Sanchez should be screaming or whimpering, it’s pretty obvious the Yankees have done him dirty over the last few years.
Whether you want to tender the man a contract or not, he sure is broken.
We’re officially on record saying the Yankees were better served by Sanchez staying quiet in September — at least while within earshot of reporters.
But maybe he’ll go off now that he’s been encouraged by the team’s radio voice?