What happens when a longtime franchise mainstay and a high-priced superstar collide in a Major League Baseball clubhouse? Ask the New York Yankees.
This was apparently a situation the Bronx Bombers have faced this season, as NJ Advance Media’s Bob Klapisch detailed an argument on Sunday involving veteran outfielder Brett Gardner and ace Gerrit Cole.
A source told Klapisch that Gardner and Cole got into a fight after MLB banned the use of Spider Tack in June.
Gardner is said to have paraded around the Yankees clubhouse with pine tar on his hat, an attempt to make Cole laugh, who is widely believed to have used the sticky substance although he never admitted it. And Cole, obviously not amused, would have faced Gardner.
“According to the source, Cole, in the sight of his teammates, put himself in Gardner’s nose and told him to stop,” Klapisch wrote. “Remember, Gardner was the senior member of the Yankees and the last remaining connection to the 2009 Championship club. If anyone knows about winning – and the clubhouse chemistry that goes with it – it’s Gardner. “
Cole reportedly apologized to Gardner, although it took a day for the pitcher to calm down. And the incident, it seems, was swept under the rug. But Klapisch argues the showdown is a testament to Cole’s “reluctance”, which New York City can’t feel good about as the four-time All-Star prepares to enter the third year of a nine-year, $ 324 million contract. dollars in 2022.
It’s also fair to wonder if Yankees manager Aaron Boone could have done more to prevent such a surge, especially since, you know, he just signed a three-year contract extension as a result of the elimination of the Boston Red Sox against New York by the American. Wild league card game.
By the way, Gardner spent 14 seasons with the Yankees. It’s unclear what the future holds for the 38-year-old.