A new day brings new opportunity -- specifically the opportunity to hit some home runs.
The New York Yankees exacted some revenge on Friday night, attoning for the sin of giving up nine runs in the first inning of Thursday night's series opener with the visiting Minnesota Twins. Embarrassing doesn't begin to accurately describe what happened, but the Yanks wasted no time in washing the sour taste out of everyone's mouth.
On Friday night it was the Yankees turn to light up the scoreboard in the first inning. Louie Varland was on the mound for the Twins after having been called up a day earlier, and he received a proper welcome to the Bronx courtesy of Anthony Volpe.
On the second pitch of the Yankees half of the first inning, Volpe absolutely tattooed a pitch from Louie Varland and sent it to the left field bleachers for his first career home run.
Watch Anthony Volpe hit his first career home run (Video)
Revenge is a dish best served by a rookie.
Aside from hitting a walk-off, there aren't many better situations to launch the first home run of your career. The Yankees needed that home run, as it instantly washed away the gross feeling that Thursday's game left everyone with. Volpe needed it almost as much as the Yankees did; it's been a rough start to the season for the rookie as he was hitting just .158 and slugging an anemic .237 entering this series.
Not only did his first career homer help get him pointed toward the right track, but it jump started the Yankees offense.
On the very next pitch Varland threw, Aaron Judge blasted a home run to right-center to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Judge's home run officially reset the balance after the scales were significantly tipped last night, and the Yankees offense was officially awake.
As sweet as it was to see the Twins humbled on back-to-back batters and pitches, the main takeaway here is Volpe. It's the first of what should be many home runs in his Yankees career.