Remember back in the day when beaming players with fastballs, using hamburger helper hands to swat balls out of a glove, rolling Don Zimmer or shoving ARod in the face renewed a rivalry? Well the times, they are a changing! It seems like Apple Watches and cameras (and bunts) are renewing this Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
After all of New York declared Boston the city of cheaters, it seems to be backfiring on themselves. The Yankees, who noticed the Red Sox were using Apple Watches to relay signals, have been exposed themselves using their own television network to steal signals.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN:
The Boston Red Sox have presented to the commissioner’s office what they say is video evidence of the YES Network maintaining a fixed camera on bench coach Gary DiSarcina during a recent game at Yankee Stadium, a source told ESPN.
That particular camera shot was one of those that the Red Sox received in their video room feed, and according to a source, they were so concerned about it — and about whether it was being used to steal signs from DiSarcina — that they had their bench coach alter his position in the dugout.
An industry source also indicated that the Red Sox were aware of that particular camera angle being used by the New York Yankees on at least one other occasion, but that this time they had captured the images that were forwarded to the commissioner’s office.
Sources also indicated on Wednesday afternoon that as this issue began to fester in recent weeks, the hope of the commissioner’s office was that the rivals would keep their sign-stealing allegations under wraps and out of public consumption.
But the New York Times broke the news Tuesday afternoon of the Yankees’ allegations of the Red Sox stealing signs, exposing a story that now promises to hang over the two teams well into 2018.
At least the Red Sox admitted when they did something they shouldn’t have been. Let’s be real, everyone does this. At this point if you weren’t trying to steal signals, you weren’t trying. The sheer fact that you can get a signal relayed to a batter before the time the pitcher throws the ball is pretty damn remarkable. I’m just waiting on the Boston Herald/Globe now to pump out front pages like New York did today:
New York Post after the Red Sox Apple Watch scandal pic.twitter.com/sRISopYQgi
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