Angered over the clear snubs of Marcus Stroman, Aaron Judge and Kiké Hernández, these three warring fan bases spent about five minutes aligned with each other before they chose to turn against one another yet again.
But the players? The players didn’t abandon the cause that easily.
Perhaps Stroman has dropped the pretense and stopped warring with the Yankees front office, now that free agency is approaching?
Coming off many months of criticizing Brian Cashman’s pitching pickups after he passed on acquiring Stroman in summer 2019, the pitcher ended up on the same side as Judge ahead of his impending team-switch. Funny how that all works!
It started when Stro dropped a tongue-in-cheek (but also not sarcastic) tweet about his just-begun battle with Rawlings, the league’s foremost glove manufacturer and also the company that left him off the Gold Glove watchlist.
Stroman’s a designer, too — did you see his Cape Cod League uniforms? — so he might just take this threat to the streets. A threat Judge backed, via his likes.
Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Marcus Stroman are on the same side of a Gold Glove snub.
The budding friendship didn’t stop there.
Stroman noticed that Judge liked his tweet — either from the tweet above, or the verified tab, which must be fun to have — and immediately sprung into action.
Turns out, Judge seems more than down to build his own glove brand alongside Stroman, and presumably give out his own end-of-season awards for fielding excellence.
No Hunter Renfroes allowed.
Is this a good sign for Stroman’s free agency fit with the Bombers? Clearly, he doesn’t think all Yankees are toxic, and was mostly working off some steam these past few years.
We’re ready to forgive and forget, and the Yanks could use more starting pitching depth and a true No. 2, even after coming off a very successful season. Jameson Taillon’s rehabbing again. Luis Severino still isn’t exactly built up, despite a very impactful late-season relief cameo.
Let’s hook it up.