The New York Yankees held their annual “Old-Timers’ Day” on Saturday, this time celebrating the 1998 team that won 114 games and lifted the World Series Trophy.
Among those invited was pitcher David Wells, who went 18-4 with a 3.49 ERA and 163 strikeouts during that 1998 season. Wells made initial waves at the event by covering the Nike swoosh on his Yankees jersey, and he explained why he made that decision.
“I hate Nike. They’re woke. We’re in a different world. It sucks. That’s why everyone should carry a gun.“
Wells also said he would never drink Bud Light again, following the company’s partnership with a transgender influencer.
With the Yankees in the midst of a disappointing season, Wells was asked about the current team’s performance. He used the platform to essentially call out teams for being too soft with players in today’s MLB.
If you’re not doing the job out on the field, and if I was a GM, I would start sending a message. I don’t care who it was… send that son of a gun to Triple-A or Double-A and send him a wake-up call. They did it to me. They did it to a lot of us back in the day. I don’t care how much money you’re making. Send a message to them and let them go sit down there and think about it. I think now they coddle them too much. They baby them.Announcement
Wells finished up his everlasting rant against the way things are done nowadays with a parting shot towards analytics, citing the changes like the pitch clock that have been implemented to make baseball more appealing to casual viewers.
This is analytics. They tell (players) certain things. To me, personally, it’s ruining the game because these guys don’t have free will to be themselves and go out there and find their own identity. Because they’re having an identity brought to them. There’s a game plan. Our game plan was go out there and win, how are we going to do it? The best nine guys are going to play.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Wells isn’t invited to the next public Yankees event.