Yankees-Dodgers split merchandise prompts fierce fan reaction: ‘This should be a felony’

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the Bronx for a three-game set, turning back the clock on one of baseball’s all-time old rivalries.

The Dodgers and New York Yankees have faced each other in the World Series 11 times, a record (but not since 1981), with most coming from the Dodgers’ days in Brooklyn.

The combined rosters feature superstars from all over: Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Giancarlo Stanton in the pinstripes, and Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman from out west (just to name a few).

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Judge and Ohtani are, without a doubt, the two faces of Major League Baseball, and the Yankees are taking advantage in what many perceive to be a peculiar way.

First of all, the Yankees are selling Ohtani Dodgers jerseys in their own team store this weekend.

But what got fans really riled up were the bodega-style hats featuring Judge’s 99 and Ohtani’s 17 side-by-side.

MLB asked users on X whether fans “would wear one of these,” and the reaction wasn’t pleasant.

“This should be a felony,” wrote one reply.

Even Mets beat writer Tim Healey was confused: “Is this a prank?”

“What the hell is this cash grab garbage?” added one more.

The Dodgers got the first laugh of the series on Friday with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings, as Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball (who had been heavily pursued by the Yankees) tossed seven scoreless frames, and the Yanks failed to get the big hit.

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Saturday’s game will be on FOX at 7:35 p.m., with Gavin Stone on the bump for L.A., and Nestor Cortes toeing the slab for the Bombers. 

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