If all else fails, Adley Rutschman has a bright future in comedy. But before it comes to that, the young Baltimore Orioles player is winning fans’ hearts. At just 25 years old, Rutschman has already broken league records. On Opening Day 2023, he became the first player since 1937 to bat 5-for-5 with a home run. Before making his MLB debut in 2022, the catcher was selected as the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He signed the biggest signing bonus at the time at $8.1 million and hasn’t looked back since.

With a charm that doesn’t fail to impress, Rutschman is a popular figure in Baltimore. But recently, he took that charisma to the Bronx to impress some New Yorkers.

As a Baltimore Orioles player, Adley Rutschman declares the New York Yankees his favorite team


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One of the joys of living in the age of the Internet is to see funny moments online. The Yankees played the Orioles recently, and while the Pinstripes won the series opener, Baltimore took home the rest of the victories. In addition to those games, Rutschman also had some fun with New Yorkers.


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In a video shared on MLB’s official Instagram page, the Orioles’ catcher goes ‘undercover’ at the league’s NYC store. In addition to fooling around with customers by acting as an employee, Rutschman made a bold declaration. “Me? Myself? I’m more of a Yankees fan,” he admits to an unsuspecting customer as well as the camera.

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Fans found the entire 2 minutes and 19 seconds of the video hilarious and one even commented that they were devastated to find a cool, funny player on a team they didn’t like!


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Some fans almost ruined Rutschman’s covert operation

That’s right, Adley Rutschman got made. If one is familiar with spy stories, whether through books or movies, one might recognize the term. Although the Orioles’ catcher’s disguise just included a black t-shirt, it would make sense that he wouldn’t be easily recognizable in NYC. Still, two fans immediately knew who he was.

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One called out to him near the entrance of the store, loudly saying his name. Another one discussed how he had bought Rutschman’s jersey a few years ago. Except when Adley asked whose jersey, the person said ‘Alex’ Rutschman. Adley simply told him he didn’t know who that was.

As he finished his conversation with the fans, he quietly told them that he was actually undercover and that he loves them!