Blue Jays reliever admits he was the problem in Aaron Judge sign-stealing scandal
By Adam Weinrib
Wait ... hold on ... you mean to tell me that the man responsible for throwing six straight sliders to Aaron Judge, ending the at-bat with a hanger that was deposited 460 feet away, might not have been totally on-the-level when he spent his postgame interview talking about how strange the Yankees star's glances were?
We can't fault Jay Jackson here. He was only following his manager John Schneider's lead, as well as the venerated Blue Jays broadcast team, who dedicated themselves to "just asking questions" about something that invited no further questions.
If you've "never seen anything in your life" like Judge and his teammates/coaches being able to pick up on Jackson's tell and location (via Alejandro Kirk), then welcome to your first day in baseball, because it turns out this situation was actually a tale as old as time.
Via a phone interview, Jackson cleared things up after Tuesday's game (also a Blue Jays loss) and admitted that he was told he was tipping the slider by taking longer to come set than when he was throwing a fastball. His motion changed. The Yankees picked up on this, which first base coach Travis Chapman was able to see from any vantage point. Add in Kirk sitting outside without a care in the world, and it turns out the Yankees were able to discern both location and pitch type -- legally.
Blue Jays reliever Jay Jackson had an obvious tell against 'cheating' Yankees star Aaron Judge
Surely, that will stop Toronto fans from outright sobbing at the mere mention of the (shudder) Yankees. Obviously, that will stop Schneider in his tracks, and the Blue Jays manager won't be measuring base coach stride length with a pocket ruler in the third inning of Wednesday's game, interrupting every single inning with hypocritical complaints. Of course Jackson's admission will halt this circus in his tracks and the Blue Jays will go back to business as usual.
Well ... nope. Because Domingo Germán was kicked out of Tuesday's game for being a little too sticky, which Toronto can now use to frame the Yankees' entire organization as "conducive to a culture of cheating". Plus, the Jays lost again on Tuesday, so they'll be extra fired up for the rest of the series to make something out of nothing.
Buckle up. Schneider's "fat boy" madness is only just getting started.