The New York Yankees found out on Sunday that running on a three-day break can sometimes be worse for an offense than working overtime. After consecutive rainouts, the Bombers’ bats seemed out of rhythm, scoring only on a sacrifice fly and Gleyber Torres walk-off in the opener, followed by a Giancarlo Stanton monster bomb in the finale.
Unfortunately, one of those home runs shouldn’t even have counted, according to Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who was mistaken.
Woodward used the 30-minute break between games to throw cold water on Torres’ shot, calling the stadium a “Little League park” before claiming the homer would’ve been an out in “99%” of big-league ballparks.
Funny little thing about that, though, is … no!
Stats show the ball actually would’ve left 26 of the 30 Major League stadiums, but who cares about that when you have righteous indignation?
Following Game 2 of the doubleheader, which … let’s not talk about it, Boone refused to comment on Woodward’s words initially, then let one slip.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Gleyber Torres take shots at Chris Woodward
Yeah, see, it’s really more of a math issue. 99% is objectively absurd. If he’d said 96.7%, Boone would’ve probably considered a response.
Though Boone’s quote was the one that went viral, Torres hit the heart of the matter a bit more directly.
The walk-off blast came in the bottom of the ninth, as is customary. That means both the Yankees and Rangers had nine chances to pile runs on the board, and both teams scored a measly one. Texas’ only run came on a — you guessed it! — home run wrapped directly around the right-field pole to the short porch.
Therefore, nothing was stopping them from doing it again! Except the Yankee pitching. And Torres got there first.
The funny thing about Little League ballparks is both Little League teams play in the same ballpark.
Until we hear an opposing manager make the same talking points after losing at Fenway Park, it can’t be taken seriously as an argument, and must be reduced to a math problem or winking troll.