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The greatest news for New York Yankees fans heading into a long and tough offseason is that they won’t be hearing much from Alex Rodriguez is a baseball player from the United States in the coming months.
Rodriguez is giving New York baseball fans a headache in October, just like he did during his 13 seasons in pinstripes. Phil Nevin is a professional basketball player., the third base coach for the New York Yankees, is one of many who has had enough of the three-time American League MVP and ESPN analyst’s commentary.
After the Wild Card Game, Yankees coach Phil Nevin blasted Alex Rodriguez.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images | Alex Rodriguez made a pointed remark about New York Yankees coach Phil Nevin, and Nevin retaliated with vigor | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
Rodriguez’s analysis was not aired on ESPN2’s alternate broadcast of the 2021 AL Wild Card Game. During the Yankees’ 6-2 defeat to the rival Boston Red Sox, they did see Nevin’s contentious choice to wave Aaron Judge home on Giancarlo Stanton’s sixth-inning double.
Nevin’s call was roundly chastised by Rodriguez, the Twitter mob, and sports radio callers. The Yankees would have had runners on second and third with one out in a 3-1 game if he had kept Judge at third base. Instead, Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier got Yankees left fielder Joey Gallo to fly out to finish the inning.
On ESPN, Rodriguez remarked, “You don’t have to overthink that one.” “I’m taken aback by the extent of Nevin’s error in this scenario.”
Nevin, who claims to have a “excellent relationship” with Rodriguez, blasted the 2009 World Series winner in an interview with the New York Post.
“He’s never been in that position, but he believes he knows what baseball is like there, and he’s incorrect.” He’s never been in a situation like that before.”
Even after the defeat, Nevin said he didn’t regret sending Judge to home plate.
“You’re going to be a bit more aggressive than if there were no outs,” Nevin said. “It would be a no-brainer with two outs.” I’d be kicking myself all night if it had ended up second and third with one out and we didn’t score.”
The Yankees were defeated for reasons other than Nevin’s harsh send-off.
It’s always 20/20 in hindsight, particularly when it comes to coaching choices. Those who chastised Bill Belichick for having kicker Nick Folk try a 56-yard field goal in the final minute of a Week 4 defeat to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be singing a different song if Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones thrown an interception on fourth down.
The Yankees didn’t lose because Nevin waved Judge around third base the whole game. Gerrit Cole, who made a whopping $36.5 million this season, gave up three earned runs in two and a half innings. The high-profile offense of the New York Yankees did not draw a single walk and struck out 11 times.
Gallo, Rodriguez’s prized midseason acquisition, finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout. That is how one really honors the retiring slugger’s memory.
In the heat of the moment, Nevin took a bold decision. Gallo, on the other hand, would not be as high on the scapegoat list if he had driven in Stanton or even hit a home run to tie the game at 3.
Rodriguez may have had a more difficult night than Nevin.
Fortunately for Nevin, he was on the field or in the dugout for nine innings as Rodriguez studied the game — and even that is giving Rodriguez too much credit.
Throughout Tuesday’s show, Rodriguez made a number of perplexing or factually inaccurate remarks. He said that the Yankees were “set up” to win despite being down 3-0 since their bullpen was completely rested. Because he’s “a baseball player,” the Yankees great applauded the team’s choice to acquire Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo before the trade deadline.
This is a fantastic point. If Luka Doncic or Serena Williams had been playing first base that night, the Yankees may have only scored one run.
Rodriguez also attempted to explain what a “bully attack” is and how it might be defeated. Given that the Yankees have only won one World Series in his decade with the team, we know he’s speaking from experience.
The ninth inning followed. Rather of focusing on Boston’s prospects of winning a second World Series in four years or the Yankees’ dismal conclusion, Rodriguez indicated Cole was poised for a big season in 2022.
“Your American League Cy Young Award winner [in 2022] will be Gerrit Cole. Stanton is a perfect illustration of how much simpler the second season in New York is than the first.”
Well, we have to give Rodriguez credit because during Cole’s second year in New York, he did seem sharp at times. What evidence do we have for this? He was in his second season with the Yankees this year.
Baseball fans are excited to hear Joe Buck and John Smoltz broadcast the World Series for the first time.
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Alex Rodriguez credited his biggest compliment of his career to his opponents’ fans.