Fun fact: Did you now that Didi Gregorius, the shortstop for the New York Yankees, was knighted back in 2011 in his home country of Curaçao? That makes him Sir Didi — and as knights and sirs must do, Gregorius showed us an exemplary level of sportsmanship and goodwill to his opponent Wednesday when the Yankees hosted the Minnesota Twins.
Gregorius hit a three-run homer as the Yankees were just pouring it on the Twins. It was their third homer of the game at that point and part of a six-run inning. It was also Gregorius’ 25th homer in 2017, which broke Derek Jeter’s 1999 record of 24 for a Yankees shortstop in a season.
In that moment Gregorius could have celebrated. But you know what he did instead? He apologized.
On his follow through, Gregorius’ bat hit Twins catcher Jason Castro, so before he rounded the bases, Gregorius stopped to make sure Castro was OK. It was his knightly duty, after all. Here’s another angle:
What a guy! The Twins still probably won’t be too happy, as they lost 11-3 Wednesday, the final game of a Yankees sweep. The Yankees have now won seven of eight. They lead the top AL wild-card spot comfortably, but they’re still chasing the Red Sox for the AL East crown. They were three games out entering play Wednesday. With their win, the Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now four.
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