Whether you had a problem with it or not, Rivera doesn’t care. Neither does Frazier.
The Yankees outfielder shrugged it off and Rivera sounded off on all of her haters when she was heavily criticized on social media over the last 24 hours.
And it appears Frazier may have backed her on Monday night in a possible attempt at trolling everyone who called her out.
When Rivera hit Frazier with that final question of his media availability, he paused for a moment and then said, “Yeah. Yeah. Three yeahs!”
The new tune that blasts throughout Yankee Stadium when he comes to the plate now? “Yeah” by Usher. How’s that for a walk-up song?
That would be par for the course for Clint, who’s said to have a good relationship with Rivera. She confirmed that she meant no harm with the question and that she’s had extensive conversations with the 26-year-old about his development.
And that’s a pertinent topic of discussion since Frazier didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with the Yankees. There were serious concerns about his defense and maturity, but he put that to rest with an impressive 2020 campaign that saw him end the year as a Gold Glove finalist. He’s also proven he can handle the media.
Though it was oddly worded and one could say very misplaced, Rivera has the luxury of asking players whatever she pleases given her stature as a reporter.
Yankees fans will always be defensive of their players and it’s understandable why Rivera’s question was taken the wrong way, but if Frazier doesn’t have a problem with it and is having fun with this troll the very next day, perhaps everyone should just take a chill pill.
Focus your energy on trying to help the Yankees’ lineup click, as Frazier talked about on Sunday. That’s what this team needs right now — not nonsense off-the-field fodder.