TORONTO – It was about Giancarlo Stanton
The new Yankees Slugger rocked two homers and doubled in his first game in pinstripes en route to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Center on Thursday on the opening day.
But it was Aaron Boone's first win as Yankee's manager as well, and Boone spoke to the team that followed him.
Left Fielder – one of the de facto clubhouse leaders – also spoke with The Group, as needed Dellin Betances.
"It was just exciting," Betances said of Gardner's words to the team. "The skippers win first." (Gardners) Excited, he says he should just go ahead and congratulate on this first win. "
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Gardner, 34, is the longest-serving Yankee joining the organization when the team selected him in the third round of the 2005 draft from the College of Charleston
Only Betances (draft 2006), catcher Austin Romine (draft 2007) and star pitcher CC Sabathia (signed 2009)
After the game Boone smiled a smile.
"I thought our quality was very strong during the game," he said. (Giancarlo) Have a special day. Lots of good things out there. It's definitely fun to get it right and get a good grade.
Yankee's first baseman Tyler Austin was pulled out of the game in the sixth inning, but Boone said Austin Boone said the plan was to relegate Tyler Wade to the second base and Neil Walker relocated to the first base for defensive reasons.
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