Yankees drama quickly disappears after Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton HRs

New York Yankees v San Diego Padres
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Had the New York Yankees lost on Friday night, we're probably singing a different tune right now, along with the rest of baseball fans. Prior to the series opener against the San Diego Padres, Juan Soto was asked about his future contract situation and his response quickly grabbed headlines.

And not for reasons Yankees fans liked. In fact, we were back to all the nonsensical discourse that fast forwards six months from now. Live in the moment, people.

But when approached about free agency, Soto said "we ain't closing the doors on anybody" in reference to himself and agent Scott Boras, who plans to beat the 15-year $440 million extension the Washington Nationals offered Soto in 2022.

Just like that, social media started its anti-Yankees crusade. "Oh man, they're in trouble come November! No way this guy stays in New York!" But again, Yankees fans are not thinking about that.

They are thinking about now. And Juan Soto is pulverizing opposing pitching with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and whoever else happens to step up on a given night. Yes, that's happening right now — not in six months.

Yankees drama quickly disappears after Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton HRs

In the first inning of Friday's game, Anthony Volpe hit a leadoff triple and Judge logged a sac fly to put the Yanks up 1-0. That created the feel of something big on the horizon.

Come the top of the third, it was 6-0. Austin Wells singled to lead off the inning, and then Soto sent a 423-foot shot into the right field seats against his former team. Yu Darvish was quickly on the ropes. After Soto's, blast, Judge got in on the fun with a 409-foot solo homer of his own. Alex Verdugo tattooed what should've been an extra-base hit to left field, but it only went for a single. Didn't matter, though, because then Stanton hit a laser 417-foot bomb into the left field seats.

And just like that, social media was flipped. These highlights took over the timeline. Soto's comments were nowhere to be found. Nobody cared anymore. The Yankees have enough control over the news cycle to dictate their own narrative.

A Gleyber Torres home run and a wild pitch made it 8-0. The Yankees eventually won by that score. Carlos Rodón pitched six scoreless innings. Dennis Santana and Yoendrys Gomez were perfect for three innings. Some nights, it's just that easy.

The more wire-to-wire domination, the less distracting Soto chatter.