When he learned about Manny Machado’s reported 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, young Yankees fan Jacob Carpenter argued he was glad the former Orioles star would not be suiting up in pinstripes, as some in New York had hoped.
“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!
“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.”