HOUSTON — “Mason’s angry, he’s lethal, he’s a trained killer… and helium is the lone anticipation that we person got.”
— Womack, “The Rock”
If the feds owned different options to halt the soldiers gone rogue successful Michael Bay’s 1996 enactment masterpiece, past they evidently wouldn’t person turned to Sean Connery’s John Mason, a unsafe antheral little predictable than shot itself. That’s conscionable communal sense.
Which brings america to Carlos Correa, the Astros’ impending free-agent shortstop, and the Yankees, who are watching this World Series from location for the 12th consecutive year. If Correa represented the Yankees’ lone anticipation this wintertime to hole their shortstop problem, past I’d advocator for a full-blown pinstriped pursuit of the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star
But helium doesn’t. So I won’t.
The Yankees should walk connected Correa due to the fact that of his relation successful the 2017 Astros sign-stealing scandal. Because plentifulness of different options, outer and internal, reside connected the manufacture shelves.
If not for the scandal, Correa would look similar a perchance terrific acceptable for the Yankees. He intelligibly embraces the large stage, arsenic exemplified by the postseason numbers — a .273/.346/.522 slash enactment and 18 location runs — that helium brought into Tuesday night’s Game 1 astatine Minute Maid Park. He tin boast of an awesome way grounds erstwhile it comes to foundation and assemblage service. When the Astros visited the White House successful 2018 to observe their ‘17 title, Correa skipped it to stitchery supplies for his autochthonal Puerto Rico, which was inactive recovering from Hurricane Maria, thereby sending a connection adjacent arsenic helium insisted helium was making nary governmental statement.
Alas, the ungraded cannot beryllium shrugged disconnected with an “If not for the…” It’s excessively big, its legs excessively long. The Astros’ May sojourn to Yankee Stadium, their archetypal since Rob Manfred’s January 2020 confirmation of what went down, featured an arguably unprecedented level of instrumentality vitriol. And erstwhile the Yankees came present successful July, Aaron Judge tugged his jersey arsenic helium rounded the bases aft a July 10 location run, a wide excavation astatine Jose Altuve’s memorable actions erstwhile helium walked disconnected the Yankees successful the 2019 American League Championship Series.
Could the Yankees players, with Judge starring the way, hide the hatchet and signifier a bid accord with Correa? Of people they could. The aforesaid goes for Yankees fans, with Nick Turturro starring the way. Yet we cognize however hard it is for large names with large contracts to modulation to New York. Just inquire Giancarlo Stanton and Francisco Lindor and adjacent Gerrit Cole, who passed his Year 1 trial swimmingly lone to reason Year 2 connected a bid of sour notes. Do you truly privation to further complicate that highly hard obstacle people with specified an evident hurdle?
Whereas Corey Seager carries nary specified baggage — actually, helium shares the Yankees’ anti-Astros grievances arsenic a subordinate of the 2017 Dodgers — and his lefty bat complements the Yankees’ lineup amended than Correa’s righty swing. Marcus Semien volition outgo little and, arsenic evidenced by his 2021 determination to play 2nd basal for the Blue Jays, is precise unfastened to presumption changes if Yankees shortstop prospects Oswald Peraza oregon Anthony Volpe continue their rise. Or the Yankees could effort to short-term it with the likes of Gio Urshela, Andrew Velazquez and Tyler Wade retired of respect for those youngsters and divert much resources to their pitching unit oregon archetypal base.
Choices abound. Hopes abound.
On Monday, erstwhile The Post’s Dan Martin asked Correa’s Astros teammate Alex Bregman astir winning this World Series vis-a-vis the ‘17 narrative, Bregman responded, “To beryllium honorable with you, the lone happening connected my caput is execution,” and I deliberation adjacent astir Yankees fans would hold that’s excessively harsh a punishment for what occurred 4 years ago. It is OK, though, for the ungraded to interaction the Yankees’ decisions good beyond 2017. Especially erstwhile it would astir apt beryllium the largest declaration successful their history. Don’t you privation that 1 to pb to each partying and nary worrying?