On Friday I wrote about how Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón’s right jersey sleeve cuff was rolled up for the first two innings of his Wednesday-night start, resulting in the team’s new advertising patch being obscured. (The sleeve was then unrolled, with the ad fully visible, for the remaining three and two-thirds innings of his start.)
The New York Post followed up on this and asked Rodón about it. Rodón claimed (or at least feigned) ignorance. Quoting from the Post’s report:
“I had no idea until you brought that up,” Rodon told a reporter Friday before the Yankees opened a series at Camden Yards.
“I didn’t even know that the patch was covered.”
The sleeves “might just come up [as I’m pitching],” said Rodon.
The first-year Yankees starter said the club has not approached him about ensuring the patch is visible.
Give Rodón credit for taking what is probably the wisest route here, but his account stretches credulity. Sleeve cuffs may occasionally ride up a little, but they don’t become fully folded over like Rodón’s were unless someone intentionally orients them that way. Take a few more looks at his right sleeve from Thursday night:
I ask you: Does that look like something that “might just come up” on its own?
As I noted in Friday’s post, I couldn’t find any previous examples of Rodón’s sleeve ever being rolled up, and the Wednesday game just happened to be his first start after the ad patch was added to the team’s uniform.
Draw your own conclusions.
(My thanks to Phil for bringing the New York Post follow-up item to my attention.)