When Giancarlo Stanton fled South Florida last winter in the midst of the new conversion of Marlin's co-owner Derek Jeter, Yankee fans had visions of the latest bomber slugger house in the Bronx. Maybe Stanton would even go past Babe and Maris to get a new franchise single-season record. After all, Stanton has blown up 59 homers for the Marlins in 2017, heading for the National League MVP Award.
Even when the house opener of the Yankees was at home in 2018, Stanton grinned in his corner cupboard – the same one Alex Rodriguez used to – and showed a student swindle when asked how his momentum would fit into the Yankee Stadium.
"I think it fits in well," Stanton said.
The right-handed thug had pounded two homers together at the season-opener of the 201
8 Bombers in Toronto on March 29th, and of course every Yankee fan thought this was a small sample of the bushels from Homers coming from Stanton's bat.
Instead, there was a bushel strikeouts that followed for much of April, including two games, as Stanton sniffed five times. He had 32 strikeouts that started against the Twins on Monday.
But opposing players like twins pitcher Phil Hughes could not stop Stanton slipping too long. Hughes, a former Yankee, called the Bombers lineup in 2018 "one of the biggest threats in baseball."
"You obviously have incredible power in the middle of the lineup," said Hughes.