It’s weird to write about “Clint Frazier, former member of the New York Yankees” (especially since the Rule 5 Draft never happened…), but we’ve now moved on and are excited to wish him well with the Chicago Cubs.
After all, the guy really deserves a fresh start, as much as we wish he’d continued mashing here.
Frazier will take far too much baggage for such an affable guy to Chi-Town. After all, there are plenty of embarrassing Yankee fans who still haven’t forgiven him for trying to steal Mickey Mantle’s number, which is a thing that never, ever happened.
A rumor like that is a pretty tough obstacle to overcome, especially when it’s first spread by, uh, a member of the Yankees’ official broadcast team.
Though the lockout has robbed us all of an official press conference, the recently-dismissed Frazier announced his own arrival to the Cubbies clubhouse on Tuesday with a perfectly on-brand series of welcome tweets.
The first one addressed what every non-Yankee fan wanted to hear: yup, the long hair’s coming back.
The second one, though, addressed a much more “inside baseball” Yankees gripe from his early days with the Baby Bombers. Touché, kid.
Clint Frazier took some shots at the old Mickey Mantle Yankees rumors after joining the Cubs.
Yes, that’s as directly as you’ll ever hear Frazier address the (ridiculous) rumor that he reportedly asked if the team could unretire Mickey Mantle’s No. 7 after he arrived from Cleveland in Summer 2016.
The audacity! The unmitigated gall! Except … oh wait, it never happened.
Frazier ended up rocking No. 77 as a tribute of sorts (an extremely cool and underrated number, FWIW), but never quite shed the reputation of being somehow “difficult” despite the fact that he was mostly affable, jerked up and down constantly by the Scranton Shuttle, yet always smiling.
Ideally, Frazier can reestablish himself with the Cubbies and flash a little Joc Pederson-esque personality. Though he’ll be in the other league this time next year, it seems he may never forget his roots — at least, according to a cheeky little bit of his Twitter bio, which still reads “Scranton RailRiders Forever.”
Unfortunately, some Yankee fans didn’t feel quite as much reverence for his departure, which caused Clint to clap back more directly.
Scranton Forever indeed, Clint.
As for who’s currently got No. 7 occupied in Chicago, we … actually can’t figure out who that is? The pathway to rocking a permanent Yankees troll might not be as difficult to navigate as Frazier thinks it is.