Adam Ottavino: Best Part of Being a Yankee Is Not Having to Face Yankees Lineup


If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

So says Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino, who is relieved he doesn't have to face the Bronx Bombers' imposing lineup in 2020.

"One of the best things about being on the Yankees," Ottavino told WFAN's Mark Malusis and Maggie Gray on Thursday, "is never having to face the Yankees."

Getting a reprieve from facing one of the stiffest lineups in the league is no small thing, the veteran relief pitcher explained.

"It's a big deal to not face the best team in the league. So, to me that's great, and obviously tough for the other teams in our division. I dealt with that for years in the NL West, playing the Dodgers 18 times, so I know what that means."

Ottavino's words proved prescient later in the day, when the Yanks flexed their offensive muscle early in the season opener against Washington. The Bombers touched up Nats starter Max Scherzer for two first-inning runs, both coming on a two-run bomb off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton after a two-out single by Aaron Judge.

But ever the competitor, the 34-year-old Ottavino said he'll stand and deliver against any batter if it comes down to it.

"But at the same time, I'm not afraid of those guys, either."

Elsewhere, Ottavino offered his thoughts about the legitmacy of a short-season World Series title, fake crowd noise at stadiums, and how MLB players are holding each other accountable with respect to coronavirus protocols.