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Yankees don't share Ron Darling's criticism of Andrew Benintendi

Announcer critical of stolen base, swinging 3-0 in blowout, saying he'd have found it "offensive."

Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi hits

Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi hits a three-run double during the fourth inning in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Ron Darling got a lot of ink on Monday for talking during TBS’ Yankees-Red Sox broadcast about Luis Severino allegedly warming up late for ALDS Game 3 because he didn’t know the start time.

Darling, who calls Mets games for SNY during the regular season, also noted two examples of what he thought was Red Sox leftfielder Andrew Benintendi ignoring baseball’s unwritten rules during Boston’s 16-1 shellacking of the Yankees.

Boston was leading 10-1 in the fifth when Benintendi stole second base.

“Well, I guess from the school of not taking anything for granted,” Darling said, according to awfulannouncing.com. “You don’t usually see that. In the postseason, maybe. Regular season, never.”

Two innings later, Benintendi swung at a 3-and-0 pitch with the Red Sox still leading 10-1 and hit a foul ball.

"So I was saying before that, on a 10-1 score, Benintendi took off to run,” Darling said. “And stole a base. I found that unusual, but you know, you can still keep pushing the envelope. But boy, swinging 3-0 in the seventh with a 10-1 lead. There used to be a book. There’s no book anymore. Everything’s gray. But I would find that offensive, personally.”

The Yankees didn’t react to either play, so apparently they were not offended.

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