All told, he drilled three baseballs out of the silliest ballpark in the game, recording 10 RBI in a record-setting amount of time.
Unfortunately, amid all the excitement, he also drilled one head.
In the aftermath of Stanton’s massive shot onto Landsdowne Street in Sunday’s game, which capped the Yankees’ second straight four-run eighth inning, fans were given a scare when second baseman Gleyber Torres came up lame after an 0-1 swing.
Was he woozy? Was it his oblique? The trainers sprinted out and sort of … held Torres’ midsection in place with two hands, which gave us absolutely zero answers about what the team was examining.
Torres stayed in the game, fielding his position competently at second until the 6-3 win was locked down. So what was it? After the game, Aaron Boone directed us to Stanton’s post-dinger celebration, which involved a harsh smack on Torres’ helmet.
Per Boone, “I think it jarred him up a little bit.”
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton smacked Gleyber Torres in the head.
Yeah, he … he definitely got slapped in the helmet by a giant there. There’s your problem.
Sunday’s series finale had everything, from a fire alarm delay with flashing lights to four crucial dropped baseballs in one inning, two on each side. All of the weirdness that has long been missing from the Yankees-Sox rivalry, with literally everything on the line, manifested itself late in the series finale.
Of course, the universe couldn’t let the Yankees escape this one without a series of injuries, though.
During the pivotal eighth inning alone, it almost felt like the Yanks had to sacrifice everything to secure the monstrous dub. Aaron Judge, after his lead-switching two-run double, dislocated his pinky sliding into second base. After Stanton’s homer, Joey Gallo’s shin was destroyed by a shanked Adam Ottavino fastball.
And then, of course, Torres got the daylights knocked out of him by Stanton’s open palm, which the slugger apologized for in the aftermath.
We’ll let bygones be bygones, considering Stanton reached rarefied air with his dominance of Boston in this series. When his final homer nestled in someone’s windshield outside the Cask n’ Flagon, that gave him 10 RBI for the series, surpassing the previous Yankee record for a three-game set. The names he passed? Joe DiMaggio and Hideki Matsui, both with nine.
If you’re going to smash a helmet, though, try one that’s not attached to anyone’s head next time. Otherwise, we might have to get Gleyber Torres to put on Don Zimmer’s old Army helmet.