Yankees’ react to Luis Severino stealing popup from Gary Sanchez
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had a look on his face that was one part bewildered and one part annoyed as he stared down pitcher Luis Severino for a couple seconds after the first out of the Tampa Bay Rays’ fifth Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
He’d never had a pitcher charge in from the mound and steal a popup from him in front of the plate, let alone do so with a last-second leaping grab.
I looked at him and I was like, ‘This is actually happening! Beef said. I said to him, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at that. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
And this is where the story takes the wrong turn for Mickelson. Because that’s what it was a ridiculous, understandably human moment for one of the era’s greatest golfers.
I tried to hit it as close as I could on the next one, and you take the two shots and move on, he said. (I tried) to take advantage of the rules as best as you can. In that situation, I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.
The whole episode is just one more bizarre chapter in Mickelson’s tortured history with this event nothing quite as painful as the double bogey on the 72nd hole that cost him the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, but confirmation of what we already know.
If Mickelson’s outburst was a shot at the USGA, he wouldn’t be the first player to rip the conditions at Shinnecock: Bryson DeChambeau burst out earlier this week, calling Thursday’s round clown golf.
Either way, it’s a remarkable turnaround from Mickelson’s optimism from earlier in the week, when he was hoping to complete the career Grand Slam.
Mickelson eventually shot 11-over 81 on Saturday, which tied his worst score in a U.S. Open. He is 17 over for the championship.
Nobody knew his score on the hole. First, the USGA computers at it as an eight, then a nine, then finally a 10. Mickelson himself had no idea, according to multiple witnesses on the course, and the situation had become something of a running joke inside the ropes.