OK, time to forget about that horrific three-pitch strikeout at-bat Gary Sanchez had in his spring training debut on Sunday. The rollercoaster that is El Gary is BACK!
The New York Yankees are facing off against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa on Monday, and Sanchez is behind the plate catching Gerrit Cole after being featured as the DH in yesterday’s lineup.
Though fans are trying not to overreact, the fact he went down on three pitches — and was late on two fastballs that didn’t exceed 94 MPH — didn’t look great.
Unless, of course, it’s an absolute BOMB to dead center field that cleared TWO walls.
This is the primetime stuff Yankees fans need.
Perfectly timed. The leg kick looked like it belonged. And his head was in the zone the entire way. MORE!
We don’t have an official number on the distance, and we think it’s because the ball hasn’t landed yet.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez crushed a ball over the CF batter’s eye.
Admittedly, we realized quickly it wasn’t in anybody’s best interest to follow Sanchez during the Dominican Winter League because, well, he was working out the kinks and trying to get away from the spotlight. And any result wasn’t helpful. If he performed well, that’s what he was supposed to do. If he performed poorly, then that looked even worse.
But here we are. The 2021 season is upon us and spring training is underway. These are the reps that matter and will count.
The veteran slugger also worked a walk in his first at-bat and was seen in the dugout having what looked to be an in-depth conversation with Gerrit Cole, likely about their inning together, which is something we should get used to seeing.
This isn’t anything Yankees fans aren’t accustomed to. A bad at-bat on Sunday, and it’s “same old Gary.” A mammoth home run 24 hours later, and it’s Gary’s Revenge Tour.
It’s certainly not easy being in the New York spotlight as such a polarizing player, but just imagine if the Revenge Tour manages to get 60% of the momentum many are hoping for. The Bronx might explode if that happens.