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Eduardo Nunez gets last word on 'Buntgate'

Rob Bradford
September 01, 2017 - 8:07 pm

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia kept things going Friday night, not only reiterating his stance on taking offense that Eduardo Nunez bunted on him in the first inning Thursday night, but firing back at NESN analyst Jim Rice for comments the Hall of Famer made. (To read that back and forth, click here.)

So when Eduardo Nunez came out into the visitors clubhouse following Sabathia's second round of complaining, the Red Sox infielder offered another rebuttal. And like the previous night, Nunez seeemed to offer a perfect salvo.

Thoughts on Sabathia's comments

"Yes, that’s my game. I don’t hit 40 homers. I don’t know what he expects me to do. next time he’ll have to be ready because I want to keep bunting. He’ll have to work on bunting. If he doesn’t like it, he’ll have to work on it. Do early work.”

Why bunt

"I’m skinny, I have to bunt, that’s my game. I don’t know. It’s a joke. That’s funny.”

On the strategy

"So with my speed, if he has knee issues, I have to bunt, I have to be on base to win games.  If he’s not healthy, go back to the DL. It’s simple, I have to bunt, it’s not my problem."

On conversation the two had Thursday night

"I said I’m sorry, but I’ll do it. He’s one of the great teammates I ever had. He’s a great person. He’s a really competitive guy, but we’re on different sides. And I feel sorry if he’s in pain, but that’s my job. It’s nothing with him."

Strategy going forward

"If I face him next time, if I have to bunt four times, I’ll do it. If he’s going to hit me with a pitch, I’ll take it and steal a base. That’s baseball."

On what he would suggest Sabathia and the Yankees do

"I’d play in. I’d play in. ask Frazier to play in. If he’s back, I’ll bunt again. It’s a joke. what do you want me to do?"

(And just for good measure, in his second at-bat of the game Friday night Nunez lined a two-run homer over the left field wall.)


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