Photo courtesy of The New York Times
By: Ross Sutton
The biggest acquisition of the offseason for the Yankees is already paying dividends as Giancarlo Stanton went 3-5 with two home runs on Opening Day yesterday against the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 and Stanton was the story of the game, as he had as good of a debut as Yankees fans could have hoped for. According to Bryan Hoch, Stanton's first inning home run (which happened to be on his first official swing as a Yankee) had an exit velocity of 117.3 mph, which is the hardest hit opposite field home run ever tracked by Statcast. Then, in the top of the ninth inning, Stanton hit his second home run of the game, this time off of former Yankee Tyler Clippard. This missile over the center field wall traveled approximately 434 feet and Blue Jays' center fielder Kevin Pillar barely moved as the ball flew over his head. Stanton was the designated hitter for the Yankees in the game and his performance at the plate will surely at least temporarily silence those who criticized the fact that the reigning NL MVP would not frequently play the outfield for New York. This was obviously a great start for Stanton’s career as a Yankee and the fans are just as excited and optimistic for the season after the game as they were before it.
Side Note: When the Red Sox were up 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th, Boston's bullpen allowed 6 runs to the Rays and then went on to lose the game 6-4. So overall, Yankees fans had an incredible Opening Day.
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