The New York Mets have hired former New York Yankees manager Buck Showalter to helm their now-star-studded squad. The Yankees, meanwhile, decided to stick with Aaron Boone, waiting in the weeds to improve their roster as the season approaches.
But vengeance is nigh. The Mets have struck. They’ve made their managerial statement, capping off an already-impressive offseason. It’s time for the Yankees to step up and strike, making a daring move for … well, nobody.
It’s illegal to make moves right now. MLB is locked out. Guess we’ll … all just have to sit here.
Although famed New York sports personality Mike Francesa’s latest tweet will do a good job of convincing you there’s urgency in the Yankees clubhouse that simply cannot exist right now.
According to Francesa, something’s bubbling … but what, exactly?
And how, exactly, can the Mets prevent the Yankees from responding? Lock the league out forever?
Are the Yankees … reacting to the Mets? At all?
How are they reacting? Did I miss some reacting? Pretty sure reacting is illegal this week/month/year.
Wait … does he mean Eric Chavez? He can’t mean Assistant Hitting Coach Eric Chavez, right? Because the Yankees announced the Chavez hiring, along with some internal promotions on Tuesday night. And if Francesa thinks the Yankees watched the Mets steal the headlines by hiring Showalter out of their own backyard, then plotted some grand revenge by giving a former player a shot as an assistant hitting coach, then he’s spinning narratives that aren’t there.
Also, underrated segment of the tweet: what more do the Mets have to “do right” to seize this opportunity, other than simply “win”? They’ve paired Max Scherzer with Jacob deGrom. They’ve signed Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar. They’ve hired a win-now manager — or, at least, a manager who seems to leave a pretty good situation for the next guy in his wake (Joe Torre and Bob Brenly say ‘sup?).
What more do they have to seize?! Can they promise health for their co-aces? That’s the only thing left to seize that we can see.
The Yankees have plenty of business to attend to, but they can’t allow themselves to get caught up in the Mets’ schedule.
If (and when) they sign a shortstop, it will have less than zero to do with the bombastic Showalter hiring.
And if Francesa has inside knowledge of some move he’s hinting at, we’d love to know what he’s hearing. Because that would mean the lockout was ending months ahead of schedule, which would be pretty neat.