First, CC Sabathia used his platform on the R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco to voice his thoughts on the overload of Frazier columns, farewells, and regrets following the Yankees’ move to DFA the outfielder to protect other prospects on the 40-man. According to CC, it’s all been overkill, considering Frazier “played15 games in the f****n’ big leagues.”
Nelson, meanwhile, took to Twitter to echo similar sentiments in fewer (and slightly safer-for-work) words.
The righty reliever, who locked down the side-arming swingman role in the Yankees bullpen for the team’s entire dynasty (from 1996-2000), isn’t exactly enthusiastic about giving standing ovations and farewell tours to guys who never won a ring here — and barely played.
In recent years, it’s felt a little bit like the pride of being a Yankee has disappeared somewhat, as other marquee franchises begin to lap their recent accomplishments.
At least for Nelson and Sabathia, though, it’s clear that pride has never gone away.
Ex-Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson had a message for Clint Frazier.
We all love the confidence! No one is knocking the confidence. But Nelson clearly didn’t take too kindly to all the goofing off about the Mickey Mantle business and the darker moments of Frazier’s tenure.
Also … he’s responding to Frazier’s fairly innocuous goodbye post, but there’s also the other Twitter thread where the now ex-Bomber made it clear we all had no idea how glad he is to no longer be a Yankee. Make jokes about razors and No. 7, sure. But exhale loudly and giggle about how thrilled you are to get out of the limelight and into Wrigley Field, and that’s sure to ruffle some feathers.
Frazier’s excited for the opportunity in Chicago. And why wouldn’t he be? But … it’s not like he didn’t also have quite the opportunity here, time and time again.
Nelson continued to navigate his mentions after the initial message, dismissing Frazier’s 2020 as “oh, 60 games” and fending off trolls.
We’ve been Frazier defenders for a long time, but when Yankees who shared the clubhouse with him and who came before him are saying enough is enough, we’re inclined to listen.
Time for all of us to move on.