NEW YORK – It took almost half of the season to do it, but Giancarlo Stanton finally had his iconic first moment at Yankee Stadium.
With two outs and a runner at the bottom of a ninth inning tied Wednesday night, the New York Yankees designated hitter turned an 84.7 mph slider that was not lost.
"I mean," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said later, laughing, "that ball was killed."
Ruined with a With an exit speed of 117.9 mph, Stanton hit a home run that undoubtedly sent the Yankees home with a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners – and that finally gave Stanton his first Gatorade shower in striped fabrics.
"That's what you always want," said Stanton, who was traded to New York for the Miami Marlins in December. "You help win a game and you have all your team waiting for you, that's what you always expect."
"Funny moments and good future memories."
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Down the 0-2 count and seemingly destined to collect his 99th punch, Stanton received a pitch from Mariners reliever Ryan Cook, who got hooked in his batting area. When the ball was hit, both players knew that it had the potential to leave the stadium.
"It's better that he came out," Stanton said, "because I stayed there for a while, trying to get the team out."
Before even running down the first base line, he immediately turned toward the Yankees dugout, jumping happily and shouting in the direction of his teammates. Cook immediately bowed and cried out in frustration. Seconds later, when Stanton was surrounding the bases, a big smile formed on his face that did not disappear for the rest of the night.
As he approached his house, Stanton took off his helmet and did it three times before throwing it toward the Yankee deck circle when he stepped on the plate. The outfielder Brett Gardner hit perfectly with the score at home, pulling – as he usually does on improvised stages – a Gatorade cooler full on the man who gave the winning shot of the game.
"I love watching the pbadion and the energy," said Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. "No matter what he did before in the game, he was doing a great role for us there."
The homer marked the sixth hit of the Yankees' season. It was also Stanton's first homer as Yankee after having three more with the Marlins. So, is it safe to call this the greatest success you've had in New York?
"Very sure," Stanton said, still smiling.
Yankee Stadium had been giving Stanton problems before the homer. Upon entering this game, he batted .213 with 8 home runs, 4 doubles, 52 strikeouts and an .699 OPS in 37 games at home. In 32 away games, he's hitting .295 with 9 homers, 8 doubles, 44 strikeouts and an OPS of .947.
According to Statcast, the 117.9 mph start speed of the two-run home run made him the hardest hit runner since measurements began in 2015. It's the 246th baseball throwback in the Statcast era.
"That ball was absolutely scalded," said Boone. "When you hit a line drive, that's a base hit to focus on." Giancarlo hits him and starts celebrating at home knowing it's going to be something hard beyond center field.
"It's just a different animal."  Judge did not even see Stanton's home run through an awning beyond the central garden fence, before bouncing back into the field.
"Just when I heard it, I saw it from the beginning, I started trying to jump that small fence [dugout] and go, "Judge said, anticipating the celebration on the plate.
Five of Stanton's 18 home runs this season have left the bat with an exit speed of 115 mph or more. The big leagues have more than three at that speed.
Stanton had a fairly limited success this season with 0-2 counts before the homer, entered the game with 3 of 26 (.115) with a homer and 18 strikeouts in such. situations.
The 453-foot walk-off also It was the fourth longest homer hit in a 0-2 pitch. It's in baseball this season. That drags only a 456-foot shot from Matt Olson earlier this month, another 456 feet from Stanton on June 4, and a 461-foot shot from his Yankees teammate Gary Sanchez in May.
Sanchez had his own key homer in Wednesday's win, hitting a 439-foot homer, tying the home run from the back of the Mariners' bullpen in the eighth.
"We have a really good lineup, very good hitters," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "We have a team that is playing good baseball, the way I see it, five races will not be enough."
As for Stanton's home run, Boone does not feel comfortable saying whether he thinks he will go down or not. as a turning point in Stanton's possession of striped fabrics.
"Maybe when we look back on the year, this will be something they can point to," Boone told reporters. "Certainly for Giancarlo, a guy of his stature, but I do not like it that much, I'll let you define it"