Andrew McCutchen
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Andrew McCutchen was on the New York Yankees for only about a month, but when he showed some Steve Pearce on Twitter, Bombers fans lost their minds.

Aaron Case

When veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen sent out a simple, two-word tweet on Sunday night, he had no idea how much grief he’d get back from New York Yankees fans.

The congratulatory Tweet referenced Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce, who was named MVP of the 2018 World Series. Pearce, who played with McCutchen for three years in Pittsburgh, earned the award by posting a 1.167 OPS and driving in eight runs as Boston defeated the Dodgers in five games.

McCutchen thought he was just giving props to a friend and former teammate. Yankees fans, still mourning their team’s loss to the Red Sox in the ALDS, didn’t see it that way.

Some were mildly disappointed:

Others were just confused:

And then there were the straight up disgusted:

With 2018 expectations high for the Bombers, following a 2017 ALCS appearance, the fan reaction is understandable. However, the non-Yankee segment of Twitter quickly jumped in to point out the overreaction:

McCutchen also went back to Twitter to defend himself, making a pretty valid point that’s kind of hard to argue with:

Baseball is a business, and McCutchen is a businessman. Just because he was willing to shave his beard to put on the pinstripes doesn’t mean he has to take a blood oath of loyalty to the Yankees and turn his back on any friends who dare to put on a Boston uniform.

If he had spent more time in New York, the situation would be different. In that case, a private text or DM to his old buddy would be a better way to go.

But McCutchen was just a last-minute Yankee in 2018.

I mean, it’s not like he’s Derek Jeter, who took the hundreds of millions of dollars he made from the Yankees, bought the Miami Marlins, and dumped his new team’s worst contract in the Bronx.

Freelance editor and writer, and full-time Yankees fan. Originally from Monticello, NY, but now lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.