The Yankees and Twins are still playing at Yankee Stadium, but it’s been the Greg Bird show already.
Bird, the Yankees’ 22-year-old first baseman, hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. It was a two-run shot, knocking in Carlos Beltran, to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then, in the sixth, after the Yankees fell behind 3-2, Bird homered in Beltran once again. Here’s a link to the first one. Here’s the second one:
Bird has played in five games in the majors and is 6-for-17 with three extra base hits. But even with such a short resume, the Bird is the word among Yankees fans already.
Oh, and then there’s this:
What’s NOT to love?
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.