Yankees fans might lose their minds after hearing Reds' Opening Day announcement

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It actually has to be a joke at this point, right? Like other teams across the league take extremely detailed notes on which of their players were former Yankees, and then make decisions with no other intention than to infuriate New York? Because what's the other explanation?

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds made sure to interrupt Yankees fans' day of rest by naming their Opening Day starter about three weeks ahead of schedule with plenty of spring training games left on the docket.

Reds manager David Bell revealed former Yankee Frankie Montas will be toeing the rubber at the Great American Ballpark come March 28, and it's just absolutely nothing more than a troll job when you consider Montas' spring performance.

The right-hander has allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk while only striking out three batters. He surrendered two homers, too. And this came after a sterling spring debut. Now, the Reds don't exactly have a promising rotation, but how was this the choice?

Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, Andrew Abbott and Brandon Williamson represent a young pitching core that could be the future of this up-and-coming organization. Instead, Bell picked the guy who's pitched 1.1 innings since the start of 2023.

Yankees fans might lose their minds after hearing Reds' Opening Day announcement

Montas is universally disliked among Yankees fans, and while not exactly fair for the veteran pitcher since it was Brian Cashman's fault for acquiring him in the first place, he had a chance to redeem himself by signing a cheap one-year deal with the Bombers to rebound in 2024 after offering nothing for 1.5 seasons.

Instead, he took the money to join the Reds, and Yankees fans are reminded what a colossal waste of time it was to see him in pinstripes. Montas, who the Yanks traded for before the 2022 deadline while he was dealing with shoulder issues, appeared in nine games (eight starts) across two years, totaled 41 innings, and logged a 6.15 ERA, 4.90 FIP and 1.56 WHIP.

Though the trade cost the Yankees nothing, it represents another failed Cashman deal that fans can't help but complain about incessantly as each cringeworthy update crosses the timeline.

Never in our wildest dreams would anybody have even thought Montas could've earned an Opening Day nod with one of the worst teams in MLB, but he somehow arbitrarily managed to do it with one of the best young clubs in baseball.

Come March 28? Let's go Nationals.

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