Absurd Yankees spring training scoreboard gaffe was nightmare fuel for Jets fans

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No matter how underwhelmed you were by the Yankees' offseason, post-Juan Soto trade, you have to admit that the Atlanta Braves' scoreboard operator showed us all how it could've been worse on Thursday afternoon.

As the Yankees approach Opening Day, there are a few spots still remaining on the 26-man roster. The bullpen could use some ironing out, though Nick Burdi and Dennis Santana -- after Thursday's effort -- seem like good fits. The fifth starter spot could go to any one of Will Warren, Luis Gil, Luke Weaver, Cody Poteet, or Clayton Beeter. The backup infield spot vacated by Oswald Peraza, which is all the more important after DJ LeMahieu mashed a foul ball off himself? That's up for grabs, too. The Yankees' solution to that problem will likely come from outside the organization.

And oh, right, the backup QB spot. That'll be Zach Wilson, formerly of the Jets.

In what amounted to a jump scare on Thursday afternoon, the Braves' scoreboard flashed a photo of the babyfaced Jet instead of infield longshot Jahmai Jones. It's yet to be seen whether this will ultimately serve as an accurate metaphor for entering the rotation with Nestor Cortes Jr. and Carlos Rodón penciled into important rotation roles with very few safety nets behind them.

Gerrit Cole going down before the season even began probably felt familiar enough to some Yankees/Jets crossover folks without getting hammered over the head with Wilson's headshot.

Yankees' Jahmai Jones looks an awful lot like Jets QB Zach Wilson

Jets fans, show of hands, which was scarier? Seeing Wilson jog onto the field four snaps into Aaron Rodgers' Jets career, or seeing him at Yankees camp on Thursday, just when you thought you were finally rid of him?

The last thing the Yankees need is the mojo of a QB who throws like Jacoby Ellsbury. We wish Wilson well, but New York overwhelmed him, and -- with apologies to Sam Darnold -- seeing this particular ghost was remarkably unpleasant.

Per the latest rumors, Wilson's time in New York is over, and the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams could be potential landing spots for him to rejuvenate his career (long shot, but technically possible). If the Yankees are still looking for camp bodies, they should search elsewhere. Why did they ever let Russell Wilson leave the building, anyway?