To nobody’s surprise, Tuesday’s game between the Yankees and Blue Jays featured plenty of bickering over base coach positioning after Monday’s controversy involving a glaring Aaron Judge.
In the top of the third, with two runners on for the Yankees, Toronto coaches began jawing for third base coach Luis Rojas to get back into the designated box, and then began going at it with Aaron Boone as Boone emerged from the Yankee dugout, seeking an explanation.
“Pete [Walker] was probably more playful than anything, saying ‘I’m watching you,’” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said of his pitching coach. “Rojas kind of took exception to it. It’s two competitive teams. You’re not pleased with the way things have shaken out the last 24 hours, and I think it’s two teams being competitive. Rojas responded how he did, and we responded how we did.”
Later in the game, Toronto third base coach Luis Rivera was clearly out of the box, and Boone began yelling to the umpires to order Rivera back to his designated spot.
By the time the game was over, Boone clearly had no desire to talk anymore about the “silliness.”
“Just, whatever. Tired,” Boone said. “It’s just silliness. It’s ridiculous. And I think everyone on both sides realizes it.”
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