Gary Sanchez made an ass of himself on Monday night. He helped cost the Yankees a game with his lack of hustle, and even the Yankees let him know how they feel about it.
Watch below as Sanchez clearly runs at something close to half-speed on a ground ball with two outs in the ninth inning. The Rays' shortstop failed to make the force out at second base, but still had time to gun Sanchez out at first thanks to the catcher's loafing out of the batter's box. The grounder ended the game, a 7-6 win for Tampa Bay, instead of keeping the Yankees' potential rally alive.
Bottom of the 9th
One run game
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Sanchez also jogged lazily after a passed ball, which led a Rays baserunner to score from second. So naturally, put Sanchez' ninth-inning embarrassment on top of it and he woke up Tuesday as Public Enemy No. 1 in New York.
Even from his own team, which publicly announced the winner of their "Heart & Hustle" award to ... backup catcher Austin Romine.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 24, 2018
It also doesn't help that the Yankees are just 9-8 in 17 games since defeating the Red Sox on July 1. They've lost four out of their last six games. With Baltimore and Kansas City coming up on the schedule before they return to Fenway, the Yanks still have a chance to bounce back from their recent funk.
But with New York battling just to hold on to a Wild Card spot, let alone keep pace with the Red Sox in the American League East, Sanchez's on-field dawdling certainly couldn't have come at a worse time.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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