Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs leave Yankees teammates in awe

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Yankees teammates after hitting two homers vs. the Cubs on July 8, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

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Giancarlo Stanton‘s astonishing display of power at Yankee Stadium on Saturday left fans and teammates speechless. The slugger’s remarkable performance included a first-inning solo home run that struck the upper deck’s electronic scoreboard in left field, followed by a fifth-inning two-run shot that clanged off the right-field foul pole and handed a big victory to the Yankees.

Stanton’s jaw-dropping homers showcased his extraordinary strength and left the crowd of 43,507 spectators stunned. Stanton’s hits traveled a staggering 447 feet at a speed of 118.1 mph.

Witnessing the spectacle, Josh Donaldson expressed his disbelief, stating he had never seen anything like it before. “Maybe Rob [Manfred], making all these other new rules, will make that count”.

Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, equally amazed, marveled at Stanton’s immense power.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. That’s a strong man. A very, very strong man. We love seeing him have success. He works so hard.” Cole stated.

Stanton in action for the Yankees.
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Even Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who had a front-row seat, admitted that it was the most incredible home run he had ever witnessed.

Stanton himself was slightly taken aback by his own performance, acknowledging that he had never hit a home run quite like that before. Although it was a phenomenal feat, it wasn’t Stanton’s longest home run of the year. That distinction goes to a 485-foot blast he hit against the Giants on April 2.

Stanton in action for the Yankees, on June 8, 2023.
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Nevertheless, Saturday’s home run was his hardest-hit ball of the season, leaving his teammates in awe of his immense strength. For the struggling Yankees, Stanton’s impressive performance brings a glimmer of hope. Since returning from the injured list on June 2, he had been battling a slump, with a meager .157 batting average, three homers, and a .542 OPS in 26 games.

With players like Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo facing injuries or struggling with their form, the team relies on Stanton to step up and ignite the offense. Stanton, who feels more confident at the plate recently, emphasizes the importance of quality at-bats and drawing inspiration from one another’s success.

Manager Aaron Boone sees improvement in Stanton’s swings and believes he is getting closer to his best form. Recognizing Stanton’s unique abilities, Boone expresses confidence that once he finds his groove, he can maintain it for an extended period. Stanton’s performance reflects his sense of responsibility as a driving force in the Yankees’ offense, a role he takes seriously.

Josh Donaldson during the game Yankees vs. Cubs, on July 8.
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Despite a challenging season, Stanton’s exceptional talent and potential continue to captivate attention. With only nine home runs and a .716 OPS in 144 at-bats due to a hamstring strain that kept him out for several weeks, his Saturday performance reminded him of his immense abilities and the impact he can have on the team’s success.

Meanwhile, ace pitcher Gerrit Cole maintains his impressive season with a 9-2 record and a 2.85 ERA. Cole, a five-time All-Star, openly expresses his desire to be named the starting pitcher for the upcoming All-Star Game—a dream he has cherished since observing the routines of renowned pitchers such as Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw.

Giancarlo Stanton in action for the Yankees.
USA Today

Giancarlo Stanton’s unforgettable home run left everyone astonished and searching for words, including manager Aaron Boone. The slugger’s exceptional performance not only showcased his incredible power but also provided a glimmer of hope for the struggling Yankees’ offense.

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