The New York Yankees have been absolutely dreadful in series finales for the past two months, and Sunday night they were facing Cy Young award favorite Chris Sale. Fortunately, the Bronx Bombers had an ace in the hole.
Thanks to the @Yankees & @YankeesPR for taking care of the Rook pic.twitter.com/WyEFdmErLD— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) September 3, 2017
His name is Frank Ntilikina, a.k.a. Frank Nicotine, a.k.a. Frank Nitti, a.k.a. Ntillmatic. The Knicks’ first-round pick met with the biggest rookie—both literally and figuratively—in the city at the moment, Aaron Judge.
"Excuse me, can you take a picture for us?"— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 3, 2017
Happy to have @nyknicks guard Frank Ntilikina at the Stadium for his 1st Yankees game! pic.twitter.com/6I8GMojoRv
If you were doubting Ntilikina’s height—Judge is one of the tallest hitters in Major League history at 6’7”, and he has maybe one inch on the Knicks’ new point guard.
Ntilikina spoke briefly to some reporters about his time working out with Carmelo Anthony and various other Knicks (Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway and Chasson Randle, for example) under the tutelage of Melo’s longtime trainer, Chris Brickley.
Asked about Carmelo's status, Frank Ntilikina said: "We were just focusing on playing and whatever will happen, will happen. We'll see." -- https://t.co/8sn1qJF2Ru— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 3, 2017
Whatever. That Melo stuff is boring.
Frank also said he has been watching baseball since arriving in New York, and that his favorite team is the Yankees. Sorry, Mets fans. In all fairness, though, if a kid moved to New York this summer and made a conscious decision to follow the Mets, you’d have to worry about his emotional/psychological state.
Frank appears to have the magic touch, as Judge homered for the first time in several weeks in a 9-2 Yankees win.
All Rise. pic.twitter.com/233rG0Qgeb— ESPN (@espn) September 4, 2017
Frank was pleased with his new friend.
All rise !— Frank Ntilikina (@FrankLikina) September 4, 2017
As a Yankees/Knicks fan, this makes me very happy.