New York Yankees fans, who are extremely down bad at the moment as they gather their family around the television to throw rocks at the Red Sox-Astros ALCS, have now buried themselves in an entirely different debate: do you want Carlos Correa in the Bronx, or not?
On the “cons” side of the pile, he’s been the brashest agitator of the Yankees-Astros rivalry over the past five years, seasons which have all ended with Houston delivering clutch hits and advancing farther than the Bombers. Literally … every season. Look it up (or don’t, it sucks).
Is that really the energy you want to introduce to an already-teetering clubhouse? Someone who the rest of the roster has spent a lot of time hating?
On the “pros” side, though … Correa is built for massive moments. He’s done nothing but deliver on the biggest stage, and his “heel” energy has long been one of the main rallying cries for one of the league’s most successful teams. And, at the end of the day, couldn’t the Yankees use a little villainy? If they’re going to be hated anyway, they might as well be good at it.
Adding fuel to the free agency fire this week was Correa himself. Midway through the year, it seemed the Astros became resigned to the fact that he would likely not be returning.
Now, it’s nearly open season on his services, and the 27-year-old shortstop isn’t exactly eliminating the Yankees as a candidate for his services.
In an interview in his native Puerto Rico, Correa talked up the east coast as a destination and literally said “the pinstripes look good”. So … buckle up.
Could the Yankees sign Astros star Carlos Correa?
We don’t know what Brian Cashman wants, but we’re pretty certain Correa would be amenable to joining this previously-hostile clubhouse.
From a “blind resumé” standpoint, Correa’s fit is obvious. He’s an elite shortstop who’s freshly 27 and has extensive experience mashing huge hits in the postseason — even in series where he struggled, like 2019 against the Yankees, he still delivered two homers (one a game-winner) in the six-game set.
There are some folks in the fan base, though, who will simply never be able to bend their brain waves to accept someone from the other side of the rivalry … yes, even after this franchise famously won World Series with Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon. In some instances, embracing the heel turn has been the best thing the Bombers have ever done.
And yet … we’re still stuck here.
Correa’s always had an odd affinity for the Bronx, somewhere between outright trolling and admiration. The below clip has also been circulating a lot in recent days, and it’s from a YES Network piece that, based on Correa’s age and attire, came from Opening Day 2016 in the Bronx.
Correa wants his own Michael Kay home run call — with enthusiasm. Correa loves the pinstripes.
It seems like Yankee fans have their answer with regard to a rooting interest in the ALCS. Red Sox lose, Correa gets his numbers in a seven-game series, then Houston loses the World Series to spur his departure. Easy enough.