Report: Yankees room 'like a morgue' after false Judge-Giants news originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
At last, the Aaron Judge sweepstakes has come to an end.
After a stressful, jittery and emotional past couple of days, the New York Yankees got their guy after Judge reportedly agreed to a nine-year, $360 million contract with the New York, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
But before Yankees fans cheered with joy during their morning commutes when the news first was reported, there was a very different emotion felt about 16 hours prior when MLB Network’s Jon Heyman dropped a bomb on the baseball world and prematurely reported Judge was headed to the Giants, one of the other top suitors for the slugger.
Seven minutes later, Heyman posted a follow-up tweet correcting himself. A sequence of events that lasted less than 10 minutes ended up going viral on social media.
And just like hopeful Giants fans who were experiencing pain like a toddler being gifted a brand new toy and then immediately having it taken away, the Yankees organization apparently was gutted when Heyman’s false alarm first was reported.
“The Yankees absolutely had to have him, and they knew it,” Heyman wrote in a New York Post article on Wednesday. “When a couple false reports started to circulate (including one by me on Twitter) it appeared he was heading to the Giants, folks in the Yankees room said it was ‘like a morgue’ in their room, which is understandable.
“Sorry about that.”
Giants fans went from thrilled and exuberant to finally get a superstar back in the Bay, to heart-wrenched and empty after watching the Bay Area native return to the Bronx.
It was the opposite for Yankees fans who experienced the disappointment and miserable emotions first, but then were later rewarded and likely forgot about all of those emotions when the reigning AL MVP returned.
Either way, it was an emotional rollercoaster for both parties.
The Giants now will pivot to Plan B, which likely includes making a run for shortstop Carlos Correa.