The New York Yankees have never exactly been the most exciting bunch when it comes to newsworthy quotes or anything too wild, save for the days of a very boozy David Wells.
For awhile now, the franchise has played things pretty close to the vest, and that’s almost entirely because anything said to the New York media gets blown out of proportion and boom, you’re suddenly an unflattering cartoon on the back page of The New York Post. So while it might not be the funnest approach, it’s the smartest. Hell, for all we know, Joe Girardi, the captain of cliches, might be the funniest guy in the locker room, but we’d never know.
Which brings us to this season’s media training session in Tampa. Each year, every MLB team does something like this in order to ensure players know how to handle questions properly, but the Yankees have decided to incorporate Cam Newton and Russell Wilson in order to get their point across.
During the Yankees’ media training, the Super Bowl is being used to portray the right and wrong way to act. Part of a video shown to pitchers and catchers compares how Cam Newton handled his Super Bowl loss to the way Russell Wilson dealt with his defeat the previous year.
In other words, following an ugly loss or an impressively bad streak of striking out 12 times in a row, always, always do THIS:
My only hope is that the Yanks were specific enough to point out to the guys that it is OK to have sex with their significant other because rookies can often be shockingly literal.
I never thought we’d still be talking about the difference between Russell Wilson’s “accountability” and Cam Newton’s “immaturity,” especially as it pertains to Major League Baseball, but here we are. And of course, who else to thank for this than the most polarizing franchise in baseball.
Even when the Yankees aren’t trying to troll fans, they still end up trolling fans. Excellent work. Enjoy, Carolina!