Things are starting to get ugly between the NY Yankees and ESPN. The Yanks are currently not happy with the Worldwide Leader In Sports for opting to bump a Yankees-Blue Jays game in Toronto for Sunday Night Baseball on July 8, after the game was initially scheduled to be played a 1pm. ET. The Yankees who have a double header on the July 9th are calling for the MLB to put pressure on ESPN to move the game back to the 1pm time slot.
Hopefully there is some pressure being applied because that is not good for the product on the field or the safety of our guys, having go from night game, flight and right into a doubleheader,” said New York manager Aaron Boone. “Anybody who would argue with that is not being truthful.’’
According to the NY Daily News, the Yankees are preparing to go to war with ESPN if they’re forced to play the 8pm game on Sunday.
Via NY Daily News
If the Yankees are forced to play Sunday night on July 8, the Yankee management and players are said to be prepared for an all-out war with ESPN in which they will refuse all interviews — pre-game, in-game and postgame — with ESPN broadcasters.”
MLB commisioner Rob Manfred is already reportedly looking into the matter and it would be shocking if the Yankees didn’t get their way here.