The Yankees are only on their third game of the 2018 postseason, but All-Star slugger Aaron Judge already has six hits — and three home runs — to his name. The 26-year-old seized his latest opportunity during the first inning of Saturday’s game. He worked a 1-2 count against Boston southpaw David Price, then unleashed a 445-foot bomb to the top of the Green Monster to put the Yankees on the board:
Price barely had time to recover before he was hit with another moonshot, this one off the bat of Gary Sanchez at the top of the second inning.
The Yankees are angling for a comeback in Game 2 of the ALDS as they look to even the series standings this weekend. So far, this is their second multi-home run game since the Wild Card playoff against the Athletics, when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton bookended the team’s 7-2 win with a pair of solo shots.
Following Andrew McCutchen‘s bonus RBI single in the second inning, the Yankees currently lead the Red Sox 3-0 in the third.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.