The hot topic as Yankees pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Tampa, Fla. continues to be the team's reaction to the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and the fallout that's come with it.
Everyone on the Yankees from Aaron Boone to Gary Sanchez to Aroldis Chapman has weighed in on the issue, and now the real question becomes: how long will these questions continue to linger?
SNY's Andy Martino and Sweeny Murti discussed that very question on Thursday in Tampa, with Murti saying it makes sense that pitchers and catchers have been so frustrated by the scandal.
"Well I think it's going to take a while, but their anger is somewhat understandable when you consider … we're here talking to pitchers and catchers. They're the aggrieved parties here in a sign-stealing scandal, so they're the ones who are going to be most upset about it," said Murti. "Combine that with the fact that we're in early February and everyone in that clubhouse knows how long of a journey it is to get deep in October, and here you are starting over again.
"There are a lot of angry people in here."
Sanchez, who was behind the plate in the ALCS when Jose Altuve launched a Chapman slider over the wall to send the Astros to last year's World Series. The Yankees catcher said on Wednesday that he felt cheated out of a shot at the World Series, considering recent allegations that Altuve was wearing a buzzer to alert him what pitches were coming.
Chapman, who could only watch as the ball left Minute Maid Park, said he felt Altuve's home run was "suspicious."
But while talk about the Astros will continue to make headlines for the foreseeable future, Yankees fans finally caught a glimpse of their new ace Gerrit Cole in a Yankees uniform, as he tossed a bullpen session and met with the media.
Cole, fresh off signing a monstrous nine-year, $324 million deal, comes to the Bombers with huge expectations, but the added pressure seems to be something he's embraced to this point.
"He embraces the idea of what he was brought here to do," Murti explained. "He took a lot of money from the Yankees. That comes with a lot of responsibility. That comes with the idea that all Yankees fans want to hear, that we're here to win the World Series.
"Gerrit Cole loves every bit of this, and he's going to develop into a leader on this staff. He's already there."