Aug 16, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

There appears to be a feud brewing between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, but perhaps it may be a little one-sided. Five months after Alek Manoah referred to Gerrit Cole as “the worst cheater in MLB history,” the Blue Jays starting pitcher is doubling down on his criticism, according to the NY Post.

As the Blue Jays are playing a three-game set in New York, Manoah’s beef with Cole seems to be just as fresh as it was in November, bleeding into Saturday afternoon’s game with the two facing off against one another.

Before Cole could even throw his first pitch, Manoah was trying to mess with his rhythm.

Cole was ready to throw a pitch to George Springer to lead off Saturday’s game but was forced to wait, as Manoah, catcher Alejandro Kirk and the remainder of Toronto’s starting rotation took their time arriving from the bullpen to the dugout. Cole had to step off the rubber for a moment and crouched behind the mound, as Manoah made his entrance quite known.

The MLB world not only reacted to Manoah doubling down on his comments, but also his grand entrance, on social media:

“The Blue Jays try so hard to make the Yankees care about them and be “rivals” and it never works,” said Mike Nash. “Let them finish in 3rd place again in peace”

Some fans were not pleased with Manoah’s antics on Saturday, while others ate it up:

[Sportsnet, NY Post]

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