File this under the “Best Possible Start for Gary Sanchez in 2021.”
After arguably the worst 2020 campaign of any full-time starter in all of baseball, Sanchez is ready to make everyone forget that and put on a revenge tour for the ages.
He had an up-and-down performance in the Dominican Winter League and during spring training, but we’d venture to say homering in your first at-bat of the year should make a lot of fans forget about your previous struggles for a hot second.
Thanks for coming, Mr. Ryu! The Yankees are used to tattooing the veteran left-hander and they already got to the Blue Jays ace in the second inning. After some very shaky at-bats from the top of the lineup, Sanchez’s bomb drove in Gleyber Torres, who reached base on a bloop single.
Aaron Judge is absolutely loving it. And so are the fans in attendance! We almost forgot about that.
We don’t want to speak too soon, but Sanchez is also looking good behind the plate through the first three innings catching Gerrit Cole — another way he can hopefully help get the critics off his back.
Even so, his defense is probably never going to be as good as fans would like it to be. The fact that his bat has gone completely missing at times was the bigger concern. But on that at-bat, he looked like he had good timing down with his leg kick and really got his hands around nicely on that fastball. The result was an absolute barrel, which we saw a lot of this spring when he began tearing the cover off the ball.
More of this, fewer doomsday editorials.