New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader hit a solo home run in Game 1 against the Cleveland Guardians, and everyone had the same joke.
Get it? Because they were traded for each other?
Bader missed the majority of the regular season with plantar fasciitis, but finally made his debut with the Yankees near the end of the campaign. This was all after New York traded Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals in exchange for his services.
Montgomery had a dominant stretch for St. Louis, leaving some in New York to question why exactly they traded the pitcher for Bader, a player who (at the time) had yet to make a Yankees start.
Now does it make sense?
Yankees fans all have same Jordan Montgomery-Harrison Bader joke
While Montgomery struggled in his final few regular season starts with the Cards, he still had a 3.11 ERA in 11 appearances. Bader’s return to the New York lineup will determine if that trade was worth it from Brian Cashman’s perspective.
Montgomery likely didn’t have a long-term role in the Yanks rotation, but he could be a mainstay in St. Louis, a team that will desperately need pitching next season.
Yankees fans still think they won the trade.
It’s fair to say that both teams won said trade. Montgomery played a critical role in the Cardinals overtaking the Brewers in the NL Central, and thus making the Wild Card round in the first place. Bader, meanwhile, now has a postseason home run for the Yankees on the back of his baseball card.
Let’s all calm down and wait to see how this all plays out. Or is it no longer legal for a sports media member to be rational?