THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
Back in early June, the Yankees held a small lead in the AL East as they faced a two week schedule against division opponents. When it came time to play the Red Sox in the middle of that stretch, everyone naturally began to get excited over the return of the rivalry. The outcome? The Yanks won two of three in convincing fashion. That's baseball, right?
Well, the issue was that the social media team working for the Yankees used this as an opportunity to take a dig at the Red Sox. Following each victory, the Yankees posted a picture on Instagram with the score listed as "Yankees X, The Team In Second Place Y."
I'm a big Yankees fan, but even I have to call them out on such immature behavior. You're the Yankees: you are the pillar of class in both baseball and sports. Your icons of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera never showed anyone up. Controversies would actually arise when players on your team would celebrate in a fashion that was not akin to the Jeters and Riveras (see Joba Chamberlain). Why is taking this shot at the Red Sox necessary?
The Yankees are better than this.