Jonathan Papelbon shouldn’t be a fan of Alex Verdugo’s feedback criticizing the Purple Sox and Alex Cora after he was traded to the Yankees, to say the least.
The previous Purple Sox nearer, who can also be an analyst for NESN, berated Verdugo on social media on Friday after the outfielder appeared to take a dig at Alex Cora as he praised Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone throughout his introductory press convention.
“Verdugo, I imply Vertigo, is a [expletive],” Papelbon wrote in a social media submit. “Cora has his gamers’ and teammates’ backs greater than anybody within the recreation. You aired your self out by being late, lazy and unproductive. If I performed for Cora, I’m drilling this [expletive], simply saying.”
Within the clip that Papelbon responded to, Verdugo mentioned that he appreciates the best way that Boone has “his gamers’ backs” as an alternative of “airing individuals out.”
Whereas Verudgo didn’t explicitly identify Cora, it’s simple to see how which may have an implied shot on the Purple Sox supervisor. Cora benched Verdugo multiples within the 2023 season for disciplinary causes. First, he pulled Verdugo out of a recreation and sat him for an additional recreation in June for not hustling out a play on the basepaths.
Two months later, Cora benched Verdugo for a recreation once more, reportedly sitting him after the outfielder arrived on the ballpark late. Cora defined it as a “supervisor’s choice” on the time, but in addition mentioned it was “in all probability one in all my worst days right here on this group” as he regarded notably pissed off.
Following his benching in June, Verdugo mentioned he and Cora have been “cool” and had a robust relationship. He wasn’t requested particularly about Cora on Thursday, however Verdugo mentioned he initially didn’t like getting traded to the Yankees.
“The real response was, you recognize, mad. I used to be scorching,” Verdugo mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘Man, they actually despatched me to the rivals, the Yankees,’ this, that. Then after a few day, I began sitting again, considering, simply reminiscing about how this yr went with the Purple Sox, type of all the pieces that was occurring.”
As Verdugo reminisced on the 2023 season, he started to embrace enjoying for the Yankees, saying he needed to disprove attainable narratives about him.
“I shaved straight away, simply so I may really feel like I’m in it,” Verdugo mentioned. “I work out on daily basis with a Yankee hat, to see the way it appears on me, the way it feels. Like I mentioned earlier than, [it’s a] recent begin and it feels good.
“I simply wish to go to the group. I simply wish to work laborious and I wish to show, possibly, a whole lot of ‘he mentioned, she mentioned’ issues unsuitable. I wish to simply present them, we’re all individuals, man, we’re all human. Yeah, we make errors. However how can we study from them and bounce again from them and the way a lot stronger can we get from that. I’m excited for this new recent begin.”
Verdugo, 27, is getting into his last season of staff management. Whereas he produced stable numbers on the plate, Verdugo had powerful footwear to fill because the centerpiece within the return package deal for the Purple Sox within the Mookie Betts commerce. He slashed .281/.337/.428 over his 4 seasons in Boston, hitting 13 homers and 54 RBIs final season.
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