Whatever 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. Other verified are alleging that the left fielder is prepared to get the routine shot — accessible to all ages and intensely useful towards COVID — for a successful workforce.
However, simply two weeks in the past after 10 Kansas City anti-vaxxers did not make the journey north of the borderJon Heyman mentioned New York had cooled on the previous Royal particularly due to his lack of vaccination.
Well, 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 sequence that includes a walk-off loss. Wednesday’s dramatics had been extra of the identical for this month a workforce that was on a 119-win tempo earlier than July occurred.
At 10-12, New York wants a four-game sweep of Kansas City to keep away from its first .500 or worse month this season. That’s solely attainable contemplating they only pilfered one of many Royals’ finest bats, however whether or not they end 14-12 or 10-16 this month is not the purpose. The level is there’s smoke coming from the Bronx, and the group that likes to have fun its all-vaccinated roster compromised on these requirements fairly freaking shortly as soon as they may make out Jose Altuve’s shit-eating grin within the rearview.
With Houston hovering two to three 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 must be no World Series drought as a result of Houston cheated in 2017, so he is conscious of their place within the standings and the Yanks’ 2-5 file towards them. (He’s not unsuitable about 2017, he simply appears like a petulant youngster.)
The workforce was practically 40 video games above .500 (61-23) lower than three weeks in the past and underneath little stress to do rather 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 in quest of the very best worth. (The Yankees of my youth would’ve already acquired Juan Soto and signed him to a lifetime contract, however that is neither right here nor there.)
Ultimately, one final regular-season sequence in Toronto — the place anti-vaxxers are at present not welcome — will not matter, and neither will the potential postseason matchup with the Blue Jays, if Benintendi intends to get vaccinated. (Also, 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 significantly burned on the largest 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 comeback, I’m fairly positive an anti-vaxxer is not going to significantly alter the end 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 actual punishment for Benintendi’s bullshit would have been one other few years laboring within the Missouri warmth for a shitty workforce as a result of no franchise was prepared to endure the headache for his .320/.387/.398 slash line. However, a few years into COVID, it is idiotic to assume a professional sports activities group goes to be the purveyor of social justice and prioritize the pandemic over successful.
Maybe if the Yankees had been nonetheless scorching and lapping the competitors they’d have snubbed their nostril at Benintendi. They’re not, and right here we’re, which is similar place we have been numerous occasions on this fucking pandemic.