The Phillies' new shortstop Didi Gregorius said earlier this week that his former team, the Yankees, had bigger fish to fry instead of re-signing him.
That big, big fish was starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, who will be introduced by the Yankees on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone is certainly excited about the new ace on his pitching staff, but he also acknowledged losing Gregorius is a blow to his roster and locker room alike.
"Didi's been a great player for us and a great Yankee. Another two-way player. Unfortunately, some times you can't keep everyone," Boone told NJ Advance Media. "One of the hard parts of the job is sometimes really good players and people leave and go to another team. It's part of it. Didi is one of those guys."
A popular player in the Yankees locker room over the past five seasons, the 29-year-old was pushed into a position that you wouldn't wish on anybody: replacing a legendary player in Derek Jeter. But by all accounts, Gregorius did so in an excellent fashion and became a fan favorite for his on-field work and off-field fun on social media.
Boone said he sent his well wishes to Gregorius after his signing with the Phillies became official. The Yankees manager sent a bit of a prediction, of sorts, Gregorius' way, too.
"He's on to Philly now, where I know he's going to do great. We wish him well, and we're glad he's in the other league. As I told him the other day, hopefully we'll meet in October (in the World Series)," Boone said.