Gerrit Col and Patrick Corbin have been playing a game of tug-of-war with the Yankees fans, as they keep performing stupendously to shift the fan base one way or the other. Although Corbin has left Yankees to follow a career in the capital, his performance on Sunday was a stark reminder of the mercurial talent he is.
And yet, the Nationals lost. Despite Corbin’s performance with the ball, the bull-pen messed up the game and gave Yankees a 3-2 win. In his 6 and a half innings of work, he gave away just two hits and a single run.
When asked about his emotions at pitching to his erstwhile teammates and boyhood club, Corbin was surprisingly cool about it, “Yeah, I remember pitching in Yankee Stadium [in 2013], which was cool [in my] first full season, having family there. I know a lot of family back in Syracuse were watching.”
Back in 2018, the Yankees had decided on Corbin being an important cog in their machinery, but they never got around to making a deal. And this is when the Nationals came down and plucked him up for $140 million over six years.
And Corbin has repaid them with a championship first season.