The Yankees and Blue Jays are creating quite the rivalry between the two. The two AL East opponents began a four-game set on Monday and it's been entertaining to say the least.
It started in the top of the eighth inning on Monday night when Yankees' superstar Aaron Judge hit his tenth home run of the season. Controversy struck when Toronto's broadcasters were skeptical about Judge's look to his right, seconds before he hit that home run. Since then, social media has been taken by storm on accusations that Judge was "cheating".
Judge responded with:
“There was a lot of chirping from our dugout, which I didn’t really like in a situation where it’s a 6-0 game and Boonie got tossed,” Judge said. “I was trying to save Boonie by calling timeout, like, ‘Hey, hold up here. Let me work here.’ I was kind of trying to see who was chirping in the dugout; it’s 6-0 and Boonie got tossed. Let’s just go to work. I’m kind of looking, like, ‘Who’s still talking here?’”
Aaron Judge saying that he has some “choice words about” about the Blue Jays broadcasters insinuating that he was cheating. He declined to share them. “I’m not happy about it, but people can say what they want. I’ve still got a game to play. I’ve got things to do.”
(Quotes via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com)
So of course everyone expected last night's game to be a bit dramatic and wow did it not disappoint. By the fifth inning, a flurry of topics went down. Yankees starter Domingo Germán was ejected for foreign substances, base-coach positioning discourse, Blue Jays manager John Schneider called someone in the Yankees dugout a "fat boy", Yankees reliever Ian Hamilton left with an injury, and finally, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit his first home run of the year.
The Yankees won on the heals of another Aaron Judge home run in route to a 6-3 decision over the Blue Jays.
Obviously the Yankees and Blue Jays have not liked each other in recent memory. There has been plenty of quotes, events, and comments on each side about the other. This four-game set might just be the point in time that this rivalry has solidified itself.