Why Yankees were teasing Sonny Gray during and after Monday’s win
D.C. Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray warned teammates to expect the worst during his at-bats in Monday night’s road interleague game at Nationals Park.
Turned out his plate appearances actually were pretty good.
Told he lost a double there during his post-game interview, Gray smiled and responded, Triple!
Gray was trying to bunt a runner into scoring position when he was up again in the fifth after Austin Romine hit a leadoff single. He got a bunt down that probably would have been good enough to advance most Yankees, but the slow-running Romine was thrown out at second and Gray wound up on first base with a fielder’s choice.
Next up was Hicks, who blasted a two-run homer to right that turned a 2-1 Yankees deficit into a 3-2 lead.
That’s when Gray provided some comedy by running the bases so slow that Hicks had to ease up on his home run trot to avoid passing him.
I almost caught him, Hicks said. And he messed up our handshake at home. I came in for the forearm thing and he wanted to do two hands. I said, ‘We’ve got to figure that out, brother!’
Haley, of course, has had the privilege of working with some of the game’s best quarterbacks. In Pittsburgh, he worked with Big Ben (and backups that included Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Michael Vick, and Landry Jones ). In Kansas City, his quarterback were… OK, so Kansas City didn’t have any good quarterbacks unless you fancy Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko.
But in Arizona, he did coach Kurt Warner (and backup Matt Leinart). Obviously, Roethlisberger and Warner are the two best quarterbacks that Haley has worked with as an offensive coordinator and head coach. But what Haley seems to be saying is that the Browns have the most complete quarterback room top to bottom. And he’s not totally wrong. Those Roethlisberger and Warner-led quarterback rooms were better at the top end, but those rooms also lacked competent backups. The presence of Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick who will eventually become the team’s franchise quarterback, gives the Browns an added dimension behind a capable, proven starter in Taylor.
Plus, as Haley went on to mention, his quarterbacks have the ability to create plays with their legs in addition to their arms. It’s worth noting that it’s impossible to read Haley’s quote without remembering the state of his relationship with Roethlisberger.