Spencer Jones homers in first spring training at-bat and Yankees fans are going wild

2024 New York Yankees Spring Training
2024 New York Yankees Spring Training / New York Yankees/GettyImages

Spring training home runs surely don't count, but it sure is funny the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox thought they had any shot to pry top prospect Spencer Jones away from the New York Yankees in exchange for Corbin Burnes or Dylan Cease. Get a grip, rest of MLB.

Though we'll still be whining about the worse trade package the Brew Crew took from the Baltimore Orioles for Burnes, we'll at least have every successive Jones triumph to validate not making a deal with Milwaukee.

And we can start as early as Saturday. In his first spring training at-bat, Jones was called on to pinch hit, and he completely obliterated a 470-foot home run that traveled 109 MPH off his bat. Apologies to Tigers pitcher Mason Englert, who gave up three home runs to Luis Torrens, Jorbit Vivas and then Jones.

Jones' blast gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead, and Yankees fans are certifiably losing their minds over the towering top prospect's immediate impact with the big-league club down in Tampa.

But, as we told you, WE CAN'T OFFICIALLY SEE IT. The Yankees spring opener is not televised, which we'd argue is a failure on MLB's part not to get every possible preseason game in front of the fans' eyes.

Thankfully, this captured video behind the plate gave us a glimpse, but fans need to view that moonshot from a standard television view.

Spencer Jones homers in first spring training at-bat and Yankees fans are going wild

Yankees Twitter is going absolutely bonkers right now. The hype attached to Jones has very much felt overwhelming and unfair, much like what Jasson Dominguez has dealt with ever since signing with the Bombers back in 2019.

Jones' stature is one-of-a-kind, which makes a "comparison" to Aaron Judge a form of low-hanging fruit. We get it, but it also places unnecessary pressure on a 21-year-old (his age at the time the Yankees drafted him out of Vanderbilt in 2022).

We will, however, enjoy this side-by-side of Jones and Judge at spring training without further comment.

Yankees fans are hoping Jones can be a special player, as the organization has telegraphed in some way by taking him in the first round and refusing to entertain moving him in trade talks.

And though his 470-foot spring training tank won't matter, it'll at least help him keep pace with the endless hype.