After making the biggest move of the offseason by landing National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, Yankees fans had great expectations for the season starting with Opening Day. Stanton said, “No one has bigger expectations for myself than me.” To be honest though, every Yankees fan has bigger expectations than he has. Stanton didn’t let us down yesterday.
Starting as the designated hitter, Giancarlo didn’t wait long to make his presences felt. On his first swing with the team, he crushed an opposite field home run in the first inning. Stanton’s blast was also the hardest hit home run to the opposite field ever recorded by StatCast at 117.3 mph. Not a bad statement to make.
It wouldn’t take long for Giancarlo to show us how good he is again, as two at-bats later, he ripped an RBI double to the left field gap, scoring Aaron Judge (2-4, double, run scored) who went first to home, showing tremendous speed for the biggest position player in the games history.
But he wasn’t done yet. In the 9th inning, the biggest nerd in MLB history, Tyler Clippard, came in against the team he blew at least 7 games for last season, costing New York the AL East title. It was poetic justice that the Yankees had their power hitters going against him. If Stanton smoked a home run off of every Yankees fan’s most hated pitcher, he would instantly have earned his pinstripes. He had no choice. He absolutely crushed a home run to dead center field.
It was an amazing thing to witness, Giancarlo Stanton in a Yankees uniform crushing home runs in a real game still feels surreal.
Not to forget, the Red Sox lost yesterday, making this ten times more enjoyable.
Giancarlo Stanton finished 3-5, with 2 home runs, a double, and 4 RBI’s. This performance etched his name in the record books. He put himself in good company, as he was the fourth Yankee to have a multi-home run game on opening day, joining Joe Pepitone (1963), Roger Maris (1960), and Mickey Mantle (1956). Also, he was the first to do it on his Yankees debut since Roger Maris did it in 1960. Not a bad way to get started on your Yankees career.
The Yankees went on to win 6-1 behind 10 hits, an outstanding outing by ace Luis Severino (5.2 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs and 7 K’s), and the bullpen shut the door late to seal the win. New York is back in action tonight at 7 in Toronto. This was also the first Managerial win in the coaching career of Aaron Boone. Nothing better than Opening Day.