BALTIMORE – When Luke Voit excitedly climbed out of the dirt of the infield on Sunday night to score in a wild field, he heard a familiar noise in the Camden Yards.
Many Years On Vogt's football fields in his hometown of Missouri he regularly heard vocals from fans of his Lafayette high school lancers.
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So, when he jogged energetically back to the New York Yankees after he left the Bronx bombers had raised the lead over the Baltimore Orioles to 5-1, listening to chant for the f The weekend's past time from another pro-Yankees crowd reminded him of his time as a Preparing Defender and Center Runner.
This memory made him smile.
It was not the only time that Voit showed wide and contagious grins in the Midwest. A three-homer weekend gave one of the newest Yankees reason to put a smile on his face as the team headed back to the Bronx to open a seven-game home stand.
"It's almost September, the playoffs are right around the corner," Voit said after the Yankees' 5-3 win against the O's. "I've never experienced the playoffs, and this is my chance to show them what I have.
" And I just enjoy it. "
According to his manager, all the fun, Voit has helped to spark the rest of the club.
" Definitely deserves its keep here, "said Aaron Boone," and gaining some influence on us a few games. " Voits two-run homer in the second inning Sunday gave the Yankees an early lead and some necessary firepower in another win. After only five home runs through his first 143 career-at-bats this weekend, he hacked in three times 10 at-bats in the last three days
"It's like a Christmas morning," Voit said as he was called on the plate.
With a sweep of Orioles, the Yankees have gone deep into the once-massive leadership of the Boston Red Sox slotted in the American League East With the help of Boston Week on the weekend of Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees have disappeared from 10 ½ games from the first place On 16 August, only six games were resumed ten days later.
Voit, whose great muscles are accompanied by even greater enjoyment of playing baseball, was an important reason that the deficit has shrunk.
"He's doing everything right now," Yankee's starter Luis Severino said about Voit.
Severino became the first Yankee pitcher in many of W's seasons in a season since his 17th victory on Sunday, since CC Sabathia finished 2011 with 19.
What did Voit do?
In the four games in Baltimore he went 6-on-10, made three walks and shot four runs with his three homers. He also drove his OPS from .592 to 1,025 by the end of the series. Granted, Voits season OPS numbers are very volatile because he had only 40 major league at-bats this season; but he is moving in the right direction.
Voit, who switched to the grid in the last few days, now plays the first base instead of a falling Greg Bird, who currently beats .199.
Voit is doing something that few others saw when he was swapped from the St. Louis Cardinals to Yankees on July 29 for the pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallego. Voit was a spark plug.
With the Yankees coming from a long range of games, where they looked sluggish and lethargic as a team to many outside the clubhouse, a burst of energy was needed.
Cue Voits 10.-
Nanoseconds after putting a 95.9 mph fastball over the right wall of the field to give the Yankees the necessary insurance, Voit hopped the first baseline à la Sammy Sosa and then clapped along He shouted to himself: "Let's go."
Cameras caught the teammates in the Yankees Dugout next to them and laughed as they witnessed Voit's delight in running the bases. It was the second time that joy had washed out Voit completely while he had made his way home that night. He used to blow up a solid fist pump as he drove around the bases, making his first home run as a Yankee.
Others in the team have begun to nourish this energy.
"He becomes so happy when he meets a homer," a laughing Severino said, "so everybody wants to go out and give 100 percent."
Voit said he was just doing the only thing he knows how to do.
"I want to bring some excitement, bring this stuff, why not?" Voit said. "I just enjoy having fun. I mean, I know that this game can be a dagger for yourself and there can be a damper. I'm sure I'll have games I'm going to go 0- for-4 and I'll go on strike, but you just have to stay positive, and you can not take the negative out of anything.
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Over the same three days that Major League Baseball hosted its annual Players Weekend, the Yankees player best expressed the youthful enthusiasm that the weekend was to celebrate , their biggest differentiator.
"The big thing for me is that I'm trying optimistic guy in the locker room," said Voit, who wore his birth name – Louis – in his uniform jersey this weekend. "Maybe it's this football Guy in me. "
Football was Voit's passion before a school-shoulder injury ended his dreams of playing a SEC powerhouse, instead he stayed in baseball and graduated from the same school as David Freese and Ryan Howard
draft He only knew "The Cardinal Way" until the Yankees called a month ago, but now that he's in pinstripes, Voit just wants every opportunity protect it.
"It was a strange season that went a lot up and down," Voit said about his 11 trips between minors and majors for the Cardinals and Yankees. "I'm just happy to finally have a place and I'm just trying to stay positive and do my thing."