Yankees: Anthony Rizzo and Luke Voit ‘buried hatchet’ vs Twins
If you believed the talking heads on WFAN this week, then Luke Voit and newly-imported first baseman Anthony Rizzo were in a heated feud that was sure to tear the Yankees locker room apart.
After all, how could Voit possibly have the audacity to want to play? Only clubhouse cancers passionately declare that they want to participate in baseball games. That’s science.
On Tuesday, Voit was asked about Rizzo’s impending return and what it would mean for his shifting role. He responded candidly, rattling off his bonafides while expressing the hope that Aaron Boone would find a way to juggle both men in the lineup.
No more. No less. In case you thought there was a chilly air between the two, though, they proved you extremely wrong in Thursday’s win.
For the first time ever, Boone rolled out what Voit called his “goal-line package,” leading off the slugging DH, then following him with Rizzo, Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo, and Giancarlo Stanton.
Thanks to Andrew Velazquez acting as the spark plug (yet again!), this combo produced four runs in the third inning, a frame that featured a lot of adorable moments shared between the two first basemen.
Yeah, that’s gonna be plural for the rest of the year. They’re both here to stay.
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit and Anthony Rizzo are here for each other.
Is Voit going to lead off and DH every single day? Of course not. That’s wild! Some days, it’s not going to happen.
But that’s the advantage of the slugging tandem. If Rizzo needs a breather, an All-Star can relieve him. If Boone wants to roll out the heavy artillery like this, he can do just that.
Plus, these two really seem to be working together towards the common goal of a championship, which New York sports radio would have you believe is absolutely not happening.
It’s our hope that both men remain part of the fabric of the Yankees past this season. Maybe not, though. But until that final horn sounds, the pair seems prepared to work in tandem like Cecil Fielder and Tino Martinez to secure a ring.
Voit and Rizzo don’t have to be the two best friends that anyone could have for this Yankees team to pile up wins.
If they are close, though, all the better.
The moments of acknowledgement these beasts showed during an extremely joyous third-inning rally were by far the highlight of this contest, as far as we’re concerned.
After all, it’s not their fault this one somehow spiraled into yet another two-run win.