Yankees possible cheating scandal just gained another layer with new development
By Eric Treuden
Monday night's 7-4 victory by the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays was full of controversy, whether it was Alek Manoah once again failing to put together a solid start or Aaron Boone's late-game ejection.
Oh, yeah, and there's the possibility that Aaron Judge and the Yankees were possibly attempting to cheat, perhaps by stealing signs.
This all began in the top of the 8th inning when Judge was up to bat against Blue Jays reliever Jay Jackson. The towering right fielder appeared to glance to his right before blasting a 1-2 pitch a long, long way, for his second home run of the night.
Almost instantaneously, the internet began to run with what seemingly could be a rather significant development.
Now, things are getting even deeper after more evidence was brought to light by Sportsnet's Shi Davidi on Twitter.
Another layer has been added to Yankees possible sign-stealing against the Blue Jays.
What Davidi (and the video) appear to be suggesting, is that Yankees left fielder Jake Bauers did the very same thing Judge did in the same exact inning. Granted, Bauers wound up striking out against Jackson, but he certainly appears to be glancing off to the side just as Judge did after him.
In a post-game interview, Judge suggested that he was glancing towards his own dugout because there was still considerable amounts of chirping coming from his colleagues, even after manager Aaron Boone was tossed for arguing a called strike three on Bauers. This latest development suggests that that may not be fully truthful, unless Bauers is glancing towards the Blue Jays dugout for the same reason (he says sarcastically).
The Blue Jays-Yankees rivalry that's been steadily brewing over the past handful of years certainly does not need any more fuel for the fire, but the string of drama between the two clubs has been fairly consistent. From Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s comments to the classic Alek Manoah vs. Gerrit Cole feud, the fireworks have come aplenty recently.
Again, this is up to the reader to interpret what exactly is happening here, but the argument from Judge, the Yankees and their fans' side of things has become a lot cloudier now that Bauers is seen doing the exact same thing. Let's just finish by saying that tonight's game is certainly going to be interesting.