Just about every New York Yankees fan knew it would only be a matter of time.
Eight runs in their first three games against the Toronto Blue Jays’ average (at-best) pitching staff? More ineptitude with runners in scoring position? Constant weak contact? Taking strikes right down the middle? Do we need to go on?
This is simply what the Yankees do. The worst slumping you’ll ever see followed by …
… and endless barrage of runs.
Fans were gifted that on Monday night after a rough opening series, and you could feel Yankee Stadium ready to erupt after the offense looked like it’d be putting forth another uninspiring performance after the first three innings.
Aaron Judge kickstarted the party when it was his turn. He was 1-for-1 with a single when he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the fourth, and he took Jorge Lopez deep riiiight over the short porch for his first homer of the season. 1-0 Yanks! It felt good.
He is risen. One day late. But the wait is over. We have our first All Rise of the 2021 MLB season. Now we’d like some more.
But Judge, though he missed his opportunities through the first three games against the Jays, was nowhere near under the amount of pressure as Giancarlo Stanton, who was booed over the weekend. Ruthless. And he started off with a strikeout on Monday night, which resulted in more boos, and brought his season total to 0-for-9 with four Ks.
Fans have been wondering where 2020 postseason Stanton’s been. Shouldn’t he be tearing the cover off the ball to start the year? Well, all we had to do was wait until the fifth inning on Monday night.
With the bases jacked, Stanton sent a missile to center field and bought some much-needed time with the relentless NY fan base.
Enjoy that one, folks. That’s what the man is paid for. Complain about the $218 million remaining on his contract, but it’s not your money, and you LOVE and LIVE for moments like this.
Can the Yankees get Judge and Stanton in the lineup for a majority of the season? We seem to be getting constant previews, but never the feature film.
If that can change in 2021, let’s just say it’ll be good for baseball.