No matter wink, wink, nod, nod, jab, jab settlement Andrew Benintendi has with the Yankees, his vaccination standing wasn’t mentioned within the commerce talks that ended with him in pinstripes, if the verified tweeters are to be believed. Different verifieds are alleging that the left fielder is prepared to get the routine shot — out there to all ages and intensely useful towards COVID — for a profitable crew.
Nonetheless, simply two weeks in the past after 10 Kansas Metropolis anti-vaxxers didn’t make the journey north of the border, Jon Heyman stated New York had cooled on the previous Royal particularly resulting from his lack of vaccination.
Properly, what had occurred was… the Yanks misplaced six of their previous 10, together with two two-game sweeps by the hands of the hated Astros and Mets, with every collection that includes a walk-off loss. Wednesday’s dramatics had been extra of the identical this month for a crew that was on a 119-win tempo earlier than July occurred.
At 10-12, New York wants a four-game sweep of Kansas Metropolis to keep away from its first .500 or worse month this season. That’s totally attainable contemplating they only pilfered one of many Royals’ greatest bats, however whether or not they end 14-12 or 10-16 this month isn’t the purpose. The purpose is there’s smoke coming from the Bronx, and the group that likes to have a good time its all-vaccinated roster compromised on these requirements fairly freaking fast as soon as they may make out Jose Altuve’s shit-eating grin within the rearview.
With Houston hovering two to a few video games again since final week’s doubleheader, no matter was on ice between KC and New York thawed actual fast. Yankee GM Brian Cashman kicked off the season by bitching about how there needs to be no World Collection drought as a result of Houston cheated in 2017, so he’s conscious of their place within the standings and the Yanks’ 2-5 report towards them. (He’s not unsuitable about 2017, he simply seems like a petulant baby.)
The crew was almost 40 video games above .500 (61-23) lower than three weeks in the past and below little strain to do way more than bolster the rotation and get Joey Gallo as far-off from the lineup as attainable. The urgency is there now, and The Cashman can now not stroll leisurely via the vendor’s aisle seeking the perfect worth. (The Yankees of my youth would’ve already acquired Juan Soto and signed him to a lifetime contract, however that’s neither right here nor there.)
Finally, one final regular-season collection in Toronto — the place anti-vaxxers are at the moment not welcome — received’t matter, and neither will the potential postseason matchup with the Blue Jays, if Benintendi intends to get vaccinated. (Additionally, Andrew, what would you like, a fucking Congressional Medal of Honor for appearing like a sane particular person?)
There’s a palpable craving for a professional sports activities group to get critically burned on the most important stage by a galaxy-brained ass clown. The Nets and Kyrie Irving got here shut, but when that crunchy lunatic can keep away from his comeuppance, I’m fairly certain an anti-vaxxer isn’t going to noticeably alter the result of a championship.
So I can scream all I need from my soapbox about accountability, hoping that karma, destiny, or fortune favors the righteous, however we all know how this performs out.
The true punishment for Benintendi’s bullshit would’ve been one other few years laboring within the Missouri warmth for a shitty crew as a result of no franchise was prepared to undergo the headache for his .320/.387/.398 slash line. Nonetheless, a few years into COVID, it’s idiotic to imagine a professional sports activities group goes to be the purveyor of social justice and prioritize the pandemic over profitable.
Possibly if the Yankees had been nonetheless scorching and lapping the competitors they might’ve snubbed their nostril at Benintendi. They’re not, and right here we’re, which is similar place we’ve been numerous occasions on this fucking pandemic.