How many left-handed hitters have joined the New York Yankees over the years only to be stymied by the short porch in right field? Sometimes it's almost like a mind game. It's so close, so it should be easy, but when it's all you're focusing on, the home runs naturally don't come. Think Joey Gallo.
Thankfully, this is a much happier tale. On Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers, Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez rocketed his first Yankee Stadium home run (his first career blast came on the road in Houston off Justin Verlander) with a laser right over the porch.
The night prior, he won over the fanbase yet again by doing the E.T. Phone Home gesture during the bleacher creatures' roll call.
The next evening, he broke a 1-1 tie in the third by taking advantage of his home park's dimensions with his majestic swing. He turned on a 96 MPH fastball from Beau Brieske and showed why he belongs in the bigs despite limited Triple-A experience.
Jasson Dominguez clobbers first career Yankee Stadium homer with vintage porch shot
That homer upped his slugging percentage to a ridiculous .789 in just his fifth game with the Yankees, who tacked on another run after his homer to extend their lead over Detroit. New York is looking for its fifth straight win, which would put them 6.5 games back of the Texas Rangers for the final AL Wild Card spot.
The promotions of Dominguez, Austin Wells, Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza have sparked the Yankees, as that infusion of youth (Anthony Volpe, too!) combined with the team's veteran core of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres has proven to be a dangerous mix. The Yankees haven't looked this alive in over a year, and all it took was getting undeserving players off the field and trying a few new faces that earned the chance.
Dominguez has led the charge, too, wasting no time the moment he debuted, which has very much not been the case with so many Yankees prospects. Others have usually faltered to begin their Yankee careers and rarely managed to recover or meet their ceiling.
This feels much different, even after just the small sample size of five games. Dominguez is 20 years old. The game should be far bigger than him. But he's burst onto the scene, exhibiting no fear of major league pitching while embracing the spotlight with the media and Yankees fanbase.
Here's to the first of many porch shots for The Martian.