We’re sure the New York Mets have a grander plan in mind than “troll the Yankees,” but their latest hire — in the wake of Buck Showalter moving into the main office — is a pretty solid thorn in the Bombers’ side.
Really, Steve Cohen? All this revenge just because we hired Luis Rojas and because you lost Steven Matz to St. Louis? Seems like overkill, but hey, you do you.
While the Yankees twiddled their thumbs and messed around with cutting and re-signing Joely Rodriguez just to save $1 million (definitely sounds like something a Fully Operational Death Star would do), the Mets went supernova on the offseason like we were promised they would last year.
Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar were never Yankees targets, but Starling Marte and Max Scherzer absolutely should’ve been — but weren’t. All four are now Mets.
As if the flip-flopping of the on-field product wasn’t enough to get you concerned and frustrated, the Yanks maintained the status quo with Aaron Boone, while the Mets were wise enough to cut bait on Rojas … who the Yankees scooped up!
How’d Cohen respond? Hiring Showalter, the old-and-new-school-blending ex-Yanks skipper who many modern fans were quick to write off because of That One Time He Did the Zack Britton Thing, and now bringing in Alex Cora’s brother Joey as a third base coach, simply to remind the Bombers of the name “Cora” during all their interleague battles.
The Mets have trolled the Yankees by hiring a Cora.
Now, is this move just a troll? No, of course not! It’s the addition of another valuable baseball mind, someone who was an All-Star in 1997, a better player than his brother Alex, and has held the Pittsburgh Pirates’ third base coaching job since 2017. Not sure why there was a parting of the ways, but he’s now landed on his feet with a better franchise.
It’s not a troll for trolling’s sake, but it is a pretty nice way to constantly remind the team across town of the franchise that’s continued to kick their teeth in since 2018. Like, “Hey, you know how Cora keeps outfoxing that manager you keep around? Well, we’ve got a Cora, too. Oh, and that manager you all wanted. Why exactly did you keep your dude, if you don’t mind us asking?”
Keep an eye on the Mets’ next round of “not at all a troll” hires: Sandy Alomar Jr., Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Marco Scutaro, and Kyle Schwarber.