The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays is as heated as it gets. It's always been like that and it's not likely to change any time soon. Every time we see Rays vs Yankees, we know something could go down any second.
That's why it wasn't a surprise to see both benches clearing following yesterday's 5-3 game after Aroldis Chapman threw a 101 mph pitch over Mike Brosseau's head with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning.
Things almost get physical between both teams, as usual. However, Major League Baseball took notice of manager Kevin Cash's comments, as he may have threatened the Yankees ahead of today's game.
Kevin Cash Threatens The New York Yankees:
Kevin Cash went on a rant to blast Aaron Boone's Yankees for Aroldis Champan's pitch. He claimed the team was poorly coached and said that he has many pitchers that could take matters into their own hands.
"Poor judgement. Poor coaching. Poor teaching. I can assure you, other than three years ago, there hasn't been one pitch thrown with intent from any of our guys. Somebody has to be accountable and the last thing I'll say is I have a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph," the coach said.
Aaron Boone Says Kevin Cash's Comments Are 'Scary':
Needless to say, it didn't take long before Aaron Boone replied to his colleague's comments, deeming them 'scary' before adding that he'll reach out to him to set the record straight ahead of today's matchup.
"That’s pretty scary comments. I don’t think that’s right at all. But I’m not going to get into it right now. if we need to talk about things, we will," the coach said in his post-game press conference.
Aroldis Chapman has barely pitched this season due to Covid-19 and injuries. He's never been known for his control, so it may take him some time before working his way back to his usual self. If it was in purpose, that's inexcusable. Whatever the case may be, we hope the Rays don't retaliate tonight.