Jacob’s rant at Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa was an ode to loyalty — and to hostility for his home team’s American League East rivals.
“I don’t want Machado on the Yankees!” he shouted, in a viral SportsNet New York video. “I don’t want anybody from the AL East!
To prove his point, the kid rattled off some star Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays he could never cheer for. His vehemence drew laughs from his surrounding fans.
“I don’t want [Xander] Bogaerts,” he said. “I don’t want [Jose] ‘Batts’ [Bautista], I don’t want [Josh] Donaldson — I don’t want any of those guys. You’re not gonna take a guy you hate from another team.”
Too young, apparently, to remember Babe Ruth, Jacoby Ellsbury, Johnny Damon, Mike Mussina and any number of other rival greats who joined the Evil Empire, Jacob compared New York signing an Orioles, Red Sox, Rays or Blue Jays player to the unthinkable.
“It’s kind of like taking Tom Brady from the Patriots and adding him to the Dolphins,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen.”