New York Southpaw Made Major Mistake with ‘Kiss of Death’ to Angry Fans
Carlos Rodon did not have a good outing against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. That's for sure.
In his third career start as a member of the New York Yankees, Rodon surrendered two-run home runs in each of the first two innings of his start, and ended up giving up six runs over 4.1 innings of work. He picked up his third loss in as many games as a member of the Bronx Bombers.
It wasn't his start that angered fans the most. Rather, it was a gesture that Rodon made to fans who were jeering him after surrendering another home run that incensed fans even more.
Carlos Rodon's "Kiss of Death" Gesture Angers New York Yankees' Fan After Loss
After surrendering home runs in back-to-back innings of Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Angels, New York southpaw Carlos Rodon appeared to make a gesture toward fans in the stands in Anaheim.
Check out the gesture in the video clip here:
It appears as though Rodon blew a kiss toward a group of fans in the stands who were sitting behind the Yankees' dugout. Since fans of the away team typically congregate behind the away team's dugout at MLB stadiums, one could reasonably assume that Rodon blew a kiss in the direction Yankees' fans.
If that's what he did, then Carlos Rodon just made a massive mistake.
Rodon missed the first few months of the 2023 season due to injury, directly after signing a massive contract to join the Yankees. Fans have been eagerly awaiting his return, all while watching their team slip farther away from the last spot in the American League Wild Card.
Rodon is set to be a member of the Yankees for a while, so one would imagine that he would want to gain as much favor with the team's fans as possible. If Rodon is going to pitch in New York for seven years, it would be better to be cheered when he takes the mound, and not booed mercilessly.
Right Aaron Hicks, Josh Donaldson and Joey Gallo?
Look, Rodon could make a few strong starts after this clunker in Los Angeles, and fans may forget that this ever happened. On the flip side, however, if Rodon continues to struggle over the next few weeks, fans in The Bronx will be all too quick to remind him of his "kiss of death" against the Angels.
That is the last thing Rodon, the Yankees, or Brian Cashman, want to see happen.
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