We all know that Sonny Gray hasn’t lived up to expectations so far for the New York Yankees. After last night, he is well aware of that too.
Remember when New York Yankees fans were ecstatic over the prospect of the great Sonny Gray heading to the Bronx last July? One year later and they are now regretting their excitement.
The booing was deafening as Sonny Gray exited the mound after 2.1 innings of work against the Red Sox on Saturday night. Perhaps the loudest booing came from Gray himself, who faced reporters and got real about his struggles.
Sonny Gray on his loss to the Red Sox: "That was embarrassing from the first inning on." pic.twitter.com/V9kR4TLZVb
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 1, 2018
As the video displays on YES Network’s Twitter account, Gray was beyond disappointed and had every right to be. He wasn’t hitting his spots and found himself in a hole early, after being one strike away from escaping the first inning unscathed.
Perhaps the most enlightening quote from Gray was captured on Twitter by Laura Albanese of Newsday.
"I feel like we're the best team in baseball four out of five days and then I come out there." – Sonny Gray.
"I've been bad against multiple teams."
— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) July 1, 2018
I don’t care if you hate Sonny Gray but if you have a heart at all, you have to feel for this guy. Gray definitely cares about his performance and wants to be the best he can be. But right now, he can’t figure it out.
I mean, come on. This is straight-up depressing to read. How can you continue to bash a player who shows that much emotion and honestly after having one of the worst performances of his career?
The New York stage is no joke and we’ve seen some great things from Sonny Gray. However, against the Red Sox he has been chronically terrible and that’s when the Yankees need him most.
So far this season, Gray is 5-6 with a dismal 5.44 ERA and several short outings. That is definitely not going to cut it in the Bronx. At least Gray knows that.
One step forward, two steps back. That’s what it seems is happening to Gray this season. But look at the guy…he doesn’t want to be doing this. He doesn’t want to disappoint this city. And yet, he can’t seem to do anything right.