Thankfully, the viral moment of Tuesday evening featured a Toronto Blue Jays fan graciously gifting an Aaron Judge home run ball to a young and grateful New York Yankees fan. That’s the content we want every single night. Beating your rivals and talking trash is fun, but an inclusive atmosphere where everybody can enjoy themselves tops all.
Also, what a bummer for Boston fans, realizing that Yankee fans can be both wholesome and children. Did you guys forget that when you were vulgarly telling us to — never mind.
That said … given all the misfortune the Yankees have experienced the last few years — specifically at the hands of the Blue Jays — there’s no chance fans aren’t going to gloat about New York’s emphatic 9-1 victory in Toronto on Tuesday night.
This was a 1-1 game heading into the top of the seventh, and then the Blue Jays had a meltdown for the ages, allowing eight runs in the final three frames all the while losing their minds because of a few controversial calls by the umpires.
You know, those bad calls no other team in the league ever deals with? Not even on Sunday Night Baseball, when the entire world is watching and gets treated to Kyle Schwarber losing his mind and getting ejected.
It’s also not our fault MLB put the Yankees and Blue Jays on the schedule this early in the season in Toronto when playoff hockey was taking place, which is clearly where all the Canadian fans were on Monday night for the Lightning-Maple Leafs game.
Let’s just say if there were Giants or Jets playoff games in New York, Yankees fans would still pack Yankee Stadium for a matchup against a division rival. Just sayin’.
The Blue Jays melted down against the Yankees and it was awesome
Of course … of COURSE the few blown calls by the umps will take centerstage here, and not the fact the Blue Jays went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, committed two errors, registered zero walks, got picked off on the base paths, and used their two challenges by the start of the seventh inning (both arguably wasteful!).
And that led to this:
Watching the replay over and over and over, it appears as if Vladimir Guerrero grazed Marwin Gonzalez to get the out … but guess what? Maybe next time get a clear and obvious tag on a 33-year-old player who isn’t fast instead of complaining about how he managed to juke multiple players out of their shoes?
Or, better yet, own up to the AWFUL defense you played that inning, which already had given the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Even if Gonzalez was tagged out there, the Yankees registered two more hits to put three more runs across, and more than likely would’ve done so under any circumstances because there was only one out at the time of this play.
Hey, if Bo Bichette doesn’t botch the leadoff grounder from Giancarlo Stanton, we’re probably not even having this conversation! Play better defense! Matt Chapman could’ve really just ended the entire discussion by tagging Gonzalez himself instead of giving the ball back to Vladdy when he was a foot away from making the play.
We’ve been through this before, Toronto, don’t worry. Yankees fans have been in a position to blame the rest of the world for their lack of situational hitting, poor defense, and non-existent fundamentals. Here’s a lesson: don’t put yourself in a position to leave the game up to controversial calls … and don’t give up six more additional runs after you’re upset with said call(s).