You knew this would happen eventually.
Giancarlo Stanton, the target of boos from the Yankee Stadium crowd during yesterday’s 0-for-5, five strikeout performance, turned those boos into cheers this afternoon when he went yard on a pitch from Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the first inning.
Turn the sound up. You won’t hear a nay being said:
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.