Blue Jays: Twitter reacts to game against division rival Yankees being an Apple TV+ exclusive
By Eric Treuden
The Toronto Blue Jays (11-8) are set to take on the New York Yankees (12-7) for what should be an exciting three-game series in the Bronx. In the past, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry had always topped the discussion in the American League East, but the Yankees and Blue Jays are starting to become the new premier rivalry in the division.
Friday evening's game is set to only air on Apple TV+ to all subscribers. Fans who do not want to go through the trouble of signing up for an account are going to miss what should be a game filled with drama and fireworks.
The Blue Jays and Yankees game is only on Apple TV+ and the fans aren't happy.
For what it's worth, the Blue Jays themselves shared that there is a two-month free trial that comes with Apple TV+ for new subscribers (link to redeem is here). This certainly helps the situation, but there are still going to be plenty of people who don't want to go through all of the steps to make a new account.
While it's understandable that the network wants to have a marquee matchup be featured as an early-season Apple-exclusive game, this is suboptimal for fans of both the Blue Jays and Yankees. The viewership is going to be severely restricted for tonight's game against two American League powerhouses.
If it helps any, the next two games of this series will be available on Sportsnet for Blue Jays fans and the YES Network for followers of the Yankees.
Naturally, the Twitterverse is not happy about this, either. Can't say we blame them.
Friday's game in New York will feature Yusei Kikuchi on the mound for the Blue Jays against Domingo Germán for the Yankees. Game two will have a battle of the aces, as Alek Manoah and Gerrit Cole will face off before rounding out the early-season series with a Kevin Gausman-Clarke Schmidt pitching matchup.
There's also this Tweet. Do with it what you will.
After this three-game set, the Blue Jays and Yankees only play each other in a few more regular season series, one will be held in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on May 15-18, and then there will two three-game series at the tail end of September.