Friday night could get ugly for the New York Yankees because beef is heating up between Luke Voit and Lucas Giolito.
In his first at-bat, Luke Voit put the New York Yankees on the board with a solo bomb. His next time up, Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito played some chin music, and Voit was obviously perturbed.
“Come on, bro,” Voit appeared to say, followed by what looked like a more NSFW phrase. The 28-year-old understandably suspected Giolito was seeking revenge for the first-inning blast:
Exit Velocity: 101 MPH
Distance: 396 FT
Home Run #17
Career Home Run #36
Team Home Run #108
–#Yankees #VoitNYYHR pic.twitter.com/iK0myzwX2p
— NYY Home Runs (@NYYHomeRuns) June 15, 2019
Yankees’ broadcast team Michael Kay and David Cone perfectly foreshadowed the headhunting with a conversation about how legend Frank Thomas had once told Giolito to throw inside more often.
Thanks for that, Big Hurt.
The moment ended anticlimactically, with Voit taking a free pass and Giolito finishing off the inning unscathed. But Twitter picked up the fight after the players moved on.
Most tweets supported the Yankees’ basher:
Imagine throwing at Luke Voit. He could bench press you with his eyes closed and one hand tied behind his back.
— Robyn (@rxbyndavidson) June 15, 2019
IF YOU THROW AT LUKE VOIT’S HEAD YOU ARE AS GOOD AS A TERRORIST IN MY BOOK
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) June 15, 2019
Of course, a White Sox fan or two couldn’t quite understand Voit’s reaction:
Luke Voit chill ur ass man
— Schindel Talks Sox (@SchinstalksSox1) June 15, 2019
A little more than halfway through the game, the Yankees were losing 10-1. The score is starting to get lopsided enough that a Bomber hurler may take it upon himself to defend his first baseman.
If a retaliation does indeed happen, that’s when benches could clear and Voit could put his massive musculature to pugilistic work.
Luke Voit with a beard
— ??????? Mazzilli (@FrankiesTooLoud) June 15, 2019
Hopefully, the teams keep their anger in check, though. There will be plenty of opportunity for verbal jabs when the media brings up the situation after the game.