When Soriano first arrived back in late 1999, he was the team’s most heralded prospect, and his power/speed combo was both anticipated and enjoyed. Fresh off a dominant Futures Game at Fenway Park, he didn’t actually make much of an impact until the age of 25 back in 2001, when he finished third in the Rookie of the Year chase and nearly won Game 7 of the World Series with a tiebreaking blast off Curt Schilling.
We won’t talk about it.
Fans who were too young to appreciate Soriano back then likely enjoyed his second round in the Boogie Down, though, which began suddenly in the summer of 2013 when the Cubbies dropped him back home in exchange for minor-league righty Corey Black.
In August and September, Soriano was a house afire, destroying 17 homers and knocking in 50 runs in 58 games. During that famed stretch, it was clear Soriano had filled out a bit more from his younger days. Coming off a rebound 30-homer season in 2012, his first since 2007, the infielder looked the part of an aging power hitter getting called on to complete one last job.
Now? Now, Soriano looks like the Winter Soldier. And if the Yankees didn’t already have an overcrowded infield, we’d say the near-46-year-old could step on the field next season — either that, or solve the crowding problem by picking DJ LeMahieu up and mushing him into a trash can.
Soriano posted a photo with his wife in front of the Christmas tree, and he looks jacked enough to make me believe having a low OBP and massive strikeout totals is actually good.
Ex-Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano is huge now.
Yes, Soriano has passed the point of largesse now where you can’t even dare to tell him something he’s done is wrong. Yes, Alfonso, it’s very normal to have a tree covered in shells. Very normal indeed! In fact, we should all get them!
His biceps have reached the point where a normal shirt won’t contain them. The sweater he’s got on in the photo appears to be made of chain link fence material? And, again, that’s perfectly normal.
This is easily the most intimidating Soriano’s been since that four-game resurgent stretch in the middle of the 2013 season where he laid waste to the Los Angeles Angels.
And, since that moment, it appears he has not left the gym for even one second before briefly putting down the dumbbell so he could take this romantic Christmas photo.
Anyone have Soriano’s home address? I have the sudden urge to mail him my lunch money.