Harrison Bader, a center fielder for the New York Yankees, has impressed while playing for his hometown team in the Bronx. He hit three home runs in the ALDS’s first four games and contributed to the series’ return to New York with his performance in Game 4.
Those present claim that “showing” consisted of an odd, recurring need to taunt the Guardians supporters at center field before each half-inning.
What caused Bader to begin launching baseballs off the center field screen and apparently fling one over the street into a parking lot? playoff euphoria? What’s the normal level of energy for the center fielder? Running around the bases while calling Gerrit Cole his “little f***ing son” is Josh Naylor. Who of us can answer?
What is known is that a spectator said Bader agitated the center field crowd (and even drilling someone with an errant throw). With a GIF of Bader sinking a bomb into the Cleveland night, a different fan tweeted that comment.
Harrison Bader of the Yankees threw baseballs into the Cleveland Guardians crowd during Game 4.
Is it worse to leave Cleveland and live like a fly without paying rent? Who anticipated that?
The Cleveland crowd’s most disrespectful behavior last night has to have been Bader’s wayward throws, without a doubt. Don’t pay attention to the Deshaun Watson shirts you saw!
In his four postseason matchups for his childhood team, Bader has done an amazing job of gaining the mental (and physical) advantage. He may be a jerk, but he is the jerk wearing a Yankees jersey. Let’s hope that Bader has nothing to account for other than being a Woody Woodpecker-type troll and that the person who was allegedly injured by a ball (while standing against the netting?) is okay.
Now that the story has returned to New York, Bader is no longer despised but rather adored for his Statue of Liberty glove and unexpected pop. Although the Jordan Montgomery trade may not have initially made much sense, the Yankees managed to get through a terrible August and proved Brian Cashman was correct.
In a hypothetical Game 5, the team would have preferred to use Jameson Taillon and the bullpen, right?