Yankees fans are an interesting breed, especially after 13 years without a title — but free agent left-hander Carlos Rodón definitely already knew that, considering the eight-year-old video of the lefty that leaked over the weekend.
While the Bombers didn’t get any closer to sealing the deal with Rodón’s camp over the weekend (publicly), with the Red Sox and Dodgers potentially lurking in Scott Boras’ background, fans of the team still made sure the left-hander’s birthday weekend was eventful.
In order to potentially sway the two-time, top-10 Cy Young finisher to pick a side, Yankees Universe found Rodón’s Venmo account and flooded it with the tiniest payments overnight into Saturday just so they could send him a personal message.
Apparently, Yankees Twitter has moved on from tweeting at Rodón’s wife and tagging him in jersey swap edits on Instagram. Next stop? Insufferable LinkedIn updates!
Rodón, ever the mensch, started his Saturday by paying everyone back, of course.
Yankees fans wreck Carlos Rodón’s Venmo on his birthday
Did anyone catch a payment from a “Hal S.” in there? If so, how much was it? What emoji did he use in the memo? “Lightning bolt” for Ron Guidry 2.0?
As long as these Venmo shenanigans didn’t turn Rodón off from joining the Yankees, it seems Brian Cashman’s club is still heavily involved in his market, with the Cardinals apparently balking at the thought of being a mystery team.
It’s still years over everything right now, according to Dan Federico, which means the Dodgers would have to abandon their stated strategy entirely to close the deal.
That might mean Rodón will be crooning Frank Sinatra’s version of the theme from “New York, New York” after wins in the coming years, something he’s apparently no stranger to doing.
More eagle-eyed fans tracked down a video of Rodón singing his extremely appropriate favorite karaoke song prior to the 2014 MLB Draft.
It’s just too much at this point. Somebody, please, blink! Get a deal done! Don’t make us find Rodón’s fifth grade yearbook photo or landline phone number!
Rodón would give the Yankees a bonafide No. 2 long-term behind Gerrit Cole, lengthening their rotation to a ridiculous point and pushing 2022 trade deadline blockbuster addition Frankie Montas into the bounce-back No. 5 spot.
Maybe Hal is the person we should really be Venmoing.