Gary Sanchez let his team down when he took several cheap shots in the brawl between his Yankees and the Tigers last week, and it seems that he now understands he was in the wrong.
The doesn’t mean Sanchez has completely made up for his actions, though.
In a heartfelt post on Instagram, Sanchez apologized for his role in the brawl, saying “the heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates” led to him throwing punches, but that he regrets what he did.
I want to apologize for my actions during the last Detroit Tigers series. The heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates led me to commit some errors during the brawl. It’s an incident I regret and from which I have learned. I know to some these may be mere words, but they are words that I feel the need to express because I sincerely feel this way, and for respect to you, the fans, the Yankees organization, the Detroit Tigers and the game of Baseball. #ElGary Quiero disculparme por mis acciones durante la pasada serie en contra de los Tigres de Detroit. El calor del juego y mi deseo de proteger a mis compañeros me llevaron a cometer errores en la trifulca ocurrida. Es un evento que lamento y del que he aprendido. Sé que para algunos esto serán meras palabras, pero son palabras que siento que tengo que expresar por mi sentimiento genuino y el respeto a ustedes los fanáticos, la organización de los Yankees, los Tigres de Detroit y el béisbol. #ElGary
It’s good that Sanchez is apologizing, but that doesn’t change what he did. He threw blatant cheap shots, and he’ll end up missing three games as a result — in the middle of a playoff race no less. That kind of selfishness doesn’t get erased by an Instagram post, but the post is at least a nice start to making amends.
The real way Sanchez can restore his reputation is by consistently carrying himself in a professional way going forward, which, judging by his post, seems fairly likely.