The New York Yankees are in the most bizarre holding pattern possible, at the moment. Their roster? It’s better than last season by a moderate margin, with Josh Donaldson in for Gio Urshela and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in for no one.
But it … it could’ve been so much better. The team ducked under the luxury tax threshold only to not come back with Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, or Freddie Freeman, much like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper before them.
Oh, and the chemistry seems liable to get flipped in a number of different ways. Suddenly, the locker room has to deal with the departures of Urshela and Gary Sánchez, two beloved Yankees of the era. Luke Voit awaits a trade, which is always awkward.
And Aaron Judge (and probably Anthony Rizzo?) currently appear to be ineligible to play in all home games and Toronto road games, as long as nothing changes with the city’s vaccine mandate.
Leave it to Judge to somehow combine the pain of El Gary’s departure with the vaccine hesitancy worries.
In his press availability on Tuesday, lost in the vaccine weeds, Judge made a perfectly appropriate rhetorical snafu while talking about what it means to lose a buddy in this game.
Yankees’ Aaron Judge thinks losing a friend is a “shot in the arm”?
Chef’s kiss. As long as that chef is cooking up mischief.
Now, as for Judge’s not hilarious vaccine gaffe, aka not getting the vaccine? We have no comment, and it certainly seems as if Judge and the Yankees’ solution is to have Randy Levine scream at the mayor and not to simply … receive the vaccine.
It’s objectively funny, though, given the recent chatter, that Judge might be the only person on earth who thinks “shot in the arm” refers to “A Bad Thing”.
So far, the Judge vaccine discourse has provided mostly laughs in NYC, though some of them have been nervous chuckles as we all try to collectively decide whether this Eric Adams guy is serious.
If not, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo might just go straight to the source and render a different verdict.
For Judge to avoid being the “butt” of these jokes, he might just have to get his shot sooner rather than later.
If not, it could be a massive shot in the arm to the Yankees’ playoff hopes.
Damn, wait, sorry, he’s got us confused, too.