Legendary Yankees pitcher David Wells hit out at woke culture and those corporations who promote it during Saturday’s Yankees Old Timers’ Day, and swung on a few of his online critics later on.
During the celebration, which commemorated Wells’ 1998 Yankees and their World Series win, it was noted that Wells had covered up the Nike symbol on his Yankees uniform with tape, saying that if he was playing today, he’d cut the logo off his jersey entirely, The Athletic reported.
“I hate Nike! They’re woke!” the former pitcher exclaimed, per The Athletic.
Fired MSNBC and ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann noted Wells’ statement, disputing Wells’ statement that he wouldn’t drink Bud Light anymore, responding on Twitter, “Bullsh-t. @BoomerWells33 would drink wood alcohol. Another f–king fraud,” he tweeted Saturday night.
It wasn’t long before he got more of a response than he bargained for.
“Keith shut the f–k up. Just because you never played the game and all you did was work for espn and talk shit on all of us players because you have a degree in journalism makes you an expert on putting Athletes down. And thats if you even have a degree. Stick to your politics,” Wells responded within minutes.
Wells won the 1998 World Series with the Yankees but is often best remembered for throwing a perfect game against the Twins that year. His teammates hoisted him above their shoulders afterward, creating an iconic image which is now synonymous with Yankees success.
Olbermann, meanwhile, is best known for picking fights he typically loses on Twitter. Most recently, he started a fight with Riley Gaines, a highly successful former swimmer and pro-woman activist who competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.
Olbermann referred to Gaines as “unsuccessful” and claimed she “sucked at swimming.” In reality, Gaines holds several current records at the collegiate swimming level and won multiple awards from the SEC during her time in college, of which both Gaines herself and Twitter’s Community Notes program reminded Olbermann and others.
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