The rivalry is growing against between the Blue Jays and Yankees
While we wait for the offseason hot stove to really in to high gear, there has been a fun little narrative developing over the last few weeks. Simply put, the Blue Jays are really starting to get under the skin of Yankee fans.
First it was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. a few weeks, who talked about having no interest whatsoever in playing for the Yankees during his big league career, with "not even dead" being the quote that really carried. He was answering a question about where he likes to play on the road, and Guerrero Jr. talked about his fondness for hitting well at Yankee Stadium. To be fair, this is coming from a player whose entire big league career to this point has been about trying to best the Yankees, who have continued to be a contender as the Blue Jays have went through their rebuild and now hope to compete for a championship themselves.
This week it was Alek Manoah's turn as he applied on Serge Ibaka's cooking show (yes, you read that right). The big right-hander was asked who is the biggest cheater of all time, and the answer he came up with was "Gerrit Cole". It was a fun little moment and I don't Manoah had malicious intentions with his words, but it most certainly caught the attention of Yankee fans online.
I might be among the minority of Blue Jays fans, but I really enjoy following notable fan accounts from other teams. It gives me an idea of the other non-Blue Jays narratives floating around, and also helps to take some of the bias out of my perspective. In this case, it's just been downright funny.
If I'm a Yankee fan, I'm probably reacting in a similar way, so I can hardly fault them for it. The Blue Jays still have to prove that they're better than the Yankees, and they couldn't do that in 2022 despite being picked by many baseball pundits to not only win the AL East, but advance to the World Series.
And if I'm putting my Blue Jays bias hat on for a moment, I can't help but enjoy what I view as a healthy fear of our boys in blue. The Yankees nearly collapsed in the second half of last season, and as the fan base stares down the real possibility that Aaron Judge could leave for less judgemental pastures, well let's just say that I don't expect this rivalry to die down any time soon.