Today should be a national holiday. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Yankees spring training and everyone in the baseball word is optimistic and happy (unless you’re a fan of the Red Sox, Astros, or Mets).
Because of the enormous cheating scandal that dominated headlines this winter, players are obviously going to be asked about said scandal (unless you’re an Astros player because they’re not available to the media.) Gary Sanchez was asked specifically about Altuve’s Game 6 homer which has come under scrutiny because he is seen instructing teammates to not rip off his jersey as he approaches home plate. El Gary had an A+ response:
Gary Sanchez was asked about Jose Altuve’s HR in ALCS Game 6: “I can tell you this, if I hit a home run to send my team to the World Series, they can rip off my pants. They can rip off anything.”
That’s my catcher! When I woke up this morning, did I think I’d be imagining Gary with his pants off? No, but alas, here we are.
Aaron Boone was also asked about the 2019 ALCS and if the Astros used wearable technology. Just like the rest of us, he’s not convinced they weren’t. Check out a full list of takeaways from Boone’s opening presser.
The sign stealing questions aren’t going away, but they will dissipate for the Yankees as we move deeper into spring.