If you were going to claim that the 2021 New York Yankees, who looked completely dead at the early part of the month, were going to surge right to the front of the postseason race thanks to a pet turtle, you would have been locked up in straight jacket with the key thrown straight into the trash.
However, thanks to “Bronxie” the Yankees have a new good luck charm, as the adopted pet of lefty starter Nestor Cortes has helped the squad lost just one game since the purchase became official, putting them in a prime position to eventually host the AL Wild Card game.
Bronxie has since become a clubhouse mainstay, with some players really gravitating to him. Correlation may not always equal causation, but the Bombers have been white-hot ever since Cortes made his purchase official. Bronxie was finally unveiled to the world early Friday evening.
Before Aaron Boone and the Yankees began a pivotal series against the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays, Bronxie was shown off in all of his glory. Maybe Nestor could use a potential playoff bonus to splurge on a little bit bigger tank for the guy?
If you thought that the team would somehow forget to make T-shirts to capitalize on this affair, you’ve clearly not been around these guys very long. The whole team was dressed to the nines in turtle-themed gear.
Bronxie has become a good luck charm for the Yankees.
The Yankees were going to end the season with three consecutive series against division rivals, though they have already come out on top in two of those series. Giancarlo Stanton was impossible to get out in their series against the Boston Red Sox, and Aaron Judge kept the mojo flowing against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Judge and the Yankees took two and three from their Canadian rivals, with No. 99 himself supplying the thunder against Robbie Ray.
As the old saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If keeping a turtle in the locker room is helping New York pull off wins against some of their biggest rivals, keep him around until they start to take a bit of a dip in the standings.
When the season ends and everyone comes up with their theories as to why the Yankees started to pull off wins against some of their division rivals in crunch time, they may have to make mention of a turtle adopted by a starter at the back end of the rotation.
As long as Judge and Stanton keep parking balls in the stands, Bronxie is here to stay.