The Yankees beat the Rays on the baseball diamond and now they’re beating them on Twitter.
Following Gary Sanchez’s 418-foot home run against the Orioles Thursday night, the Yankees decided to have some fun at the Rays expense, tweeting, “Gary Sanchez isn’t a home run hitter” with a laughing emoji and a gif of the Yankees’ dugout giving a thumbs down sign.
The message was clearly a dig at Rays first baseman Logan Morrison, who criticized Sanchez’s inclusion in the Home Run Derby earlier this season.
“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times in July. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”
Sanchez had just 13 home runs at the All-Star break, a stat that irritated Morrison.
“I remember when I had 14 home runs,” Morrison, who incorrectly credited Sanchez with an additional homer, said. “That was a month-and-a-half ago.”
Sanchez, of course, went on to hit 17 homers to upset reigning Home Run Derby champion Giancarlo Stanton in the first round, illustrating his power bat potential — something the Yankees made sure to remind the Rays of after the catcher’s latest home run on Thursday.
The Rays didn’t appear to appreciate the jab, calling the tweet “petty.”
“Imagine having the ability to reach 2.7 million people and using it to be this petty,” the Rays, who have just 503,000 Twitter followers, posted with a peace sign emoji included at the end of the message.
The Yankees, who have 2.72 million followers on Twitter, did not respond.
The Bombers recently took two of three from the Rays in a three-game series at Citi Field.