The New York Yankees‘ home opener against the Boston Red Sox that was originally scheduled for Thursday has now been pushed back to Friday as a result of inclement weather.
However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests that there could be other forces at play here.
Sherman suggests that this is either mother nature’s way of extending the lockout and pushing games back, or that it could be a sneaky little trick that the Yankees are pulling in order to have an extra day to extend slugger Aaron Judge‘s contract.
Judge did say that he wants to have a contract extension by Opening Day, or else he will test the waters of free agency.
The Red Sox-Yankees season-opening postponement is either the universe’s way of extending the lockout or a devious weather control operation by the NYY designed to give them 24 more hours to work out an extension with Judge before his imposed deadline to cease talks.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 6, 2022
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No matter which way you look at it, the Yankees will have an extra day to give Judge the contract extension he desires.
Perhaps the Yankees knew this and decided that they would give themselves an extra day to try and work out all the details.
If that’s the case, then it’s a smart move.
If you’re the Yankees, you want to use every resource possible to try and keep your star around.
It will be interesting to see if that is what they had in mind when they chose to postpone the home opener.
Jokes aside, it takes time to hash through all the details of a contract and execute an extension, especially for somebody like Judge.
It would be the ultimate insult to fans if they aren’t able to give Judge an extension after being given an extra day to do so.
We’ll see if they can pull it off, but it would be quite upsetting for Yankee fans if they can’t get it done.