— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) February 7, 2019
The New York Yankees have a strange new connection to free agent Bryce Harper through Didi Gregorius and clowns.
On Wednesday night, ESNY’s Mike Vivalo asked Gregorius who would win the AL East in 2019. The injured shortstop just laughed and called it a “clown question.”
If Gregorius’s quip sounds familiar, you might remember when a reporter asked a 19-year-old Harper what his favorite beer is. Because, you know, Canada:
Despite his youth, Harper was wise enough to brush that question off with his “that’s a clown question, bro” response.
Although faced with a much more legitimate query, Gregorius was probably also wise to avoid answering.
Understandably, he doesn’t want to make any wild predictions about the East. After all, the Yankees share division dominance with the defending champion Boston Red Sox.
There’s no need to give Boston bulletin-board material or provide their misguided fans with fodder for signs and anti-Yankees chants.
No, leave the crazy predictions to people like Rex Ryan.
Besides, the more important issue to focus on here is the Harper connection. Maybe Gregorius’s word choice is more than a mere coincidence.
As Vivalo pointed out with a rhetorical question on Twitter, “Does (Didi) know something I don’t know?!?!”
Many Bombers fans are desperate for a Harper or Machado signing. If you’re in that category, this deliciously rampant speculation regarding Didi’s words can be hope onto which you can cling.
However, the rest of us will stick with a strong belief in coincidence and scoff at the idea that Brian Cashman would share business secrets with his players.