Uh oh, Yankees fans. After two weeks of dormancy, the last-place Oakland A's have blown the lid off the Aaron Judge cheating scandal.
You remember that, right? That thing the Toronto Blue Jays still won't shut up about, weeks after the fact? When Judge's eyes went sideways, and he may-or-may-not-have-been-but-probably-was receiving relayed signals from his first base coach as a Jays mop-up man tipped his pitches?
It was ghastly. It was deviant behavior. And, worst of all, Judge probably LIED in the postgame when he tried to explain himself! Every ballplayer knows a white lie is the absolute worst thing you can do. Giving side-eye is the second worst. Having an improper amount of rosin is the third worst. Attaching a buzzer to your body is somewhere in the mid-40s.
If you recall, the "smoking gun" in the Blue Jays announcers' "not saying, just saying" accusation that Judge was up to no good was his side-eyed glance towards ... the dugout? First base? Who knows. His eyes were weird, and that was enough.
Well ... would you believe ... Oakland A's outfielder Ramon Laureano was also caught looking sideways during an at-bat this week? Whoa! Whoa. Whoaaaaaaa.
A's outfielder Ramon Laureano has wandering eyes like Yankees star Aaron Judge
Oh, no! Don't let Chris Bassitt see this still image! He'll call it a "gray area" for some reason!
Either the A's are cheating to get to the worst record in modern MLB history, or this was just an innocent glance, which set off approximately 0.0 alarm bells.
In a cloud of dust at the end of the Jays series, reliever Jay Jackson admitted the Yankees had picked up on his tells, and that his coaching staff was working to fix the issue. Bassitt said the same this week on a podcast appearance with Chris Rose. Everyone knows what type of very normal gamesmanship Judge and the Yankees were up to in Toronto -- and, most importantly, it was the Blue Jays' fault for being careless!
But that didn't stop the booth from sparking a wholly unnecessary discussion that got Judge unfairly branded as a cheater for a very loud week (a week which ended with a Yankees series win and a busted-ass maple leaf). What are you waiting for, Dan Shulman? You saw the Laureano picture. Hop to it! Ignite another fire!