The 2022 MLB All-Star Game got off to a rough start for those representing the New York Yankees.
Before the event even began, Aaron Judge was bombarded with contract questions as well as Juan Soto trade rumor inquiries. It seemed like he never really got to enjoy simply being out in Los Angeles at the Midsummer Classic.
Then, to kick things off, Judge struck out against Clayton Kershaw. Giancarlo Stanton followed that up by getting owned my Marlins’ right-hander Sandy Alcantara on three pitches. Judge got back to the plate an inning later and struck out again against Padres’ righty Joe Musgrove.
At that point, Gerrit Cole’s appearance on the broadcast was leading the way for “showing of the night” for all the Yankees in attendance.
But then came the fourth inning. Stanton was staring down the barrel of another strikeout after Dodgers’ starter Tony Gonsolin got ahead with an 0-2 count.
Unfortunately for the Catman, he hung an off-speed pitch right over the plate and Stanton obliterated it into the left field seats. This one looked like it was straight out of a video game with how hard and far Stanton crushed it.
Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton homered at the 2022 MLB All-Star Game
That tied the game at 2-2 and injected some life into the AL lineup, which struggled mightily through the first three innings against the NL’s best. If you’ve watched the Yankees enough this year, though, you’d know you can only delay the inevitable with a fearsome bat like Stanton’s.
That majestic blast set the stage for Minnesota Twins star Byron Buxton to homer in the very next at-bat to give the AL the lead.
The inning prior, both Stanton and Judge were mic’d up in the outfield, so Yankees fans are getting a full show on Tuesday night with all the front and center exposure.
This is what the fans paid to see. What would the All-Star Game be without a Stantonian blast in his first appearance at the event since 2017?