Anthony Rizzo joins exclusive 300 HR club, Yankees nation rejoice

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Amanda Paula
Sunday April 28, 2024

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Anthony Rizzo’s 2024 season is shaping up to be a milestone-filled journey following his recovery from a challenging 2023 plagued by injuries. Today, during the monstrous Yankees’ 15-5 win over the Brewers, Rizzo achieved a significant career milestone by hitting his 300th career home run. Thus, Rizzo now enters the exclusive 300 home run club, a fact that left Yankees fans in awe.

Anthony Rizzo’s historic day powers Yankees’ offensive outburst

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The Yankees‘ first baseman catalyzed an offensive explosion against the Brewers, leading his team to a series win by going 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored. Finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, Anthony Rizzo also brought his career home run total to a nice, round number in the top of the eighth inning, punctuating his performance with the historic homer.

Already enjoying a three-hit day, Anthony Rizzo stepped up to the plate against reliever Janson Junk with 299 career long balls to his name; he also had blasted three homers in a five-day span prior to this game, including a dinger on Saturday. Wasting no time, the 34-year-old, 14-year veteran jumped on the first offering from Junk, a 93 mph sinker that leaked out over the heart of the plate, and blasted it over the wall in right-center field. It was the 300th career home run for Rizzo.

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Anthony Rizzo became the 161st member of the prestigious 300 home run club, and the second player to join it this season; Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the 160th member on April 14. 242 of Anthony Rizzo’s long balls came with the Chicago Cubs, who he played for from 2012 to 2021; his first career homer came with the San Diego Padres in 2011. Since joining the Bronx Bombers at the 2021 trade deadline, the veteran first baseman has left the yard 57 times, which included a 32-homer season in 2022. Currently, Rizzo has five homers this season.

Most importantly, Anthony Rizzo’s fantastic game allowed the Yankees to score 15 runs for the second straight contest, as they took two out of three against the Brewers, scoring 36 runs in the three-game set in Milwaukee.

Bronx erupts as Anthony Rizzo joins 300 HR club

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As Yankees fans basked in the glory of Anthony Rizzo’s milestone 300th home run, the virtual corridors of X.com echoed with jubilation and chatter about the game. The anticipation had been palpable, with many eagerly awaiting Rizzo’s historic moment.

When Rizzo achieved the sought-after milestone, the fanbase erupted with enthusiasm not only for their star player but also for the Yankees’ recent dominance. With back-to-back victories and an impressive 15-run tally, coupled with Aaron Judge’s resurgence following a brief slump, excitement among supporters soared.

Reflecting on the achievement after the game, Anthony Rizzo expressed, “It’s truly incredible. Time flies, and I try to savor every moment, playing with a smile on my face. Hitting milestones like this feels amazing. I owe it all to my parents, my wife of eight years, and everyone who’s been part of my career journey. The support and guidance from coaches along the way have been invaluable.”

Aaron Judge sparks debate amidst Yankees’ offensive surge

Yet, amidst the celebration of Anthony Rizzo’s achievement, another subplot emerged from the game against the Brewers. Aaron Judge, known for his towering home runs, found himself at the center of attention for a different reason—a controversial slide into second base that sparked heated debate.

Judge’s unorthodox slide, deflecting a throw with his outstretched glove, disrupted the Brewers’ defensive play and ignited a pivotal seven-run inning for the Yankees. Despite protests from Brewers manager Pat Murphy, who argued for interference, umpires ultimately ruled in favor of the Yankees, citing insufficient evidence upon review.

Undeterred by the controversy, the Yankees capitalized on the momentum shift, orchestrating a remarkable two-out rally led by Gleyber Torres and capped off by Judge’s clutch hit. Judge, greeted by a chorus of boos, showcased his offensive prowess, solidifying his contribution to the team’s success.

While Judge defended his sliding technique as consistent with past practices, Brewers’ shortstop Adames highlighted the challenge of facing off against Judge’s imposing stature, emphasizing the complexities of executing defensive plays in such scenarios.

Despite the drama surrounding Judge’s slide, the Yankees’ offensive juggernaut continued to shine, with Judge’s early home run setting the tone for another commanding display at the plate, further extending their streak of formidable scoring performances.

The Bronx Bombers will now begin a crucial four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards; the Yankees and Orioles are currently in first and second place in the AL East, respectively.

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