There's a reason most people think the New York Yankees are "boring." It's because playing for the legendary and historic franchise comes with the reality that everything you do is under a microscope, subject to ridicule and criticism regardless of severity.
So, something like Luis Severino being a little bit of a whiner of course makes headlines that the rest of the baseball world picks up on. But even Severino, for all of his faults, wouldn't act nearly as petulant as Boston Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta, who has somehow dodged disapproval from anyone who watches the sport.
Pivetta is famous among Yankees fans for melting down while he's on the mound after surrendering home runs against New York. We've got a few of those clips for you down below, but if you've watched enough over the last few years, Giancarlo Stanton has ruined this man's life.
Yet, somehow, Red Sox fans tried to convince the world that this was yet another Chaim Bloom fleece. So far in 2023, Pivetta is 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA, 5.80 FIP, 1.47 WHIP and 15 walks in seven starts (34.2 innings).
He got creamed again vs the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, which prompted reporters to ask questions about his immediate future in the starting rotation, as the Red Sox have some arms on the mend and ready to return. Pivetta was having none of it. And just imagine if a Yankees player -- someone like Clarke Schmidt, for example, who has been asked some tough questions after plenty of his stinkers -- acted like this toward the media.
Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta's response to media would get him crucified in New York
The gall -- the GALL -- on this guy to refuse any sort of alteration to his role when he owns a 4.63 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in parts of four seasons with the Red Sox. He's pitched into the sixth inning once this season and has a single quality start, yet he's outright telling the world he will be a starter in Boston for however much longer he's there? What if Domingo Germán said that in the midst of a horrific stretch? How do you think that would be received?
Instead, this'll go without a whimper, outside of a few Boston fans who took exception to what he said. Pivetta also mentioned that he's started for the Red Sox for his "entire career," which isn't true. And back before the Phillies traded him to Boston, he was moved to the bullpen, where he was slightly worse! Here are his career splits:
- As starter: 41-51, 5.02 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 143 games
- As reliever: 1-2, 6.12 ERA, 1.58 WHIP in 22 games
But he gets to declare his role to the media. Got it.
The headlines from the Boston media? "Nick Pivetta doesn't want move to bullpen" and "Nick Pivetta moving on from 'bad day.'"
We'll be sure to spice up some better ones than that when he inevitably gets shelled by the Yankees and throws a temper tantrum on the mound.