Maybe that process begins by refining his shoe game?
Regardless of the results, we’re now well aware Britton plans to come correct for Thursday’s showdown with the White Sox in Iowa, which will be played in the middle of a cornfield at the Field of Dreams.
Did we expect Britton to be the flashiest guy on the field? No, especially since MLB is clearly pushing more of a throwback aesthetic for this contest, and the veteran lefty has always felt more scarecrow-adjacent to us anyway.
If this is what Britton’s cooking up, though, it’s fairly clear some other Yankees are about to have a field day.
Man, how bummed is Gleyber Torres that he doesn’t get to participate?
Yankees reliever Zack Britton’s Field of Dreams cleats are fire. So are Aaron Judge’s.
Britton’s were designed in order to raise money for minor-league players, as well as awareness of their financial plight.
While it’s a bit more surprising to see Britton rocking something special, we all knew Aaron Judge was going to be well-prepared for this event.
And we have to say…he probably gets the edge here for the traditional depiction of Yankee greats. Right down to Roger Maris with that No. 9!
Now, follow-up question: whose are better? Britton’s, Judge’s or Nestor Cortes Jr.’s kicks?
At one point, both Britton and Judge likely doubted he’d be available for this game, which has seemed like a forgotten event until all of us collectively realized a few weeks back, “Oh, man, right! This is happening!”
Britton’s offseason elbow cleanup forced him to miss the first several months of the season, and his mid-June return ended up being mostly a mirage, as a hamstring issue led him back to the Injured List for another several weeks. Judge, of course, was placed on the COVID-IL coming out of the All-Star break.
As it stands, the lefty still doesn’t have his trademark sinker command working, but when he’s gotten outs, the process has looked a lot like the Britton of old. He’s still been good for a ground ball double play in key spots, despite an unsightly ERA in the mid-5.00s.
No matter what prep the Yankees do, the bullpen simply gets overworked year in and year out. Can you believe it?
But this article is supposed to be a moment of celebration, not a solemn reflection. These shoes are incredible, and considering the Yankees are MLB’s highest-profile entity and the young White Sox are potentially the group with the game’s most swagger, expect to see a significant amount of successful marketing done this weekend in a throwback setting.
Tony La Russa’s going to be missing the game, but somehow, we don’t think they players on his roster are going to skip a beat.