Well, that didn’t take long.
In his first regular season at-bat with the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run. With one out and a runner on first base, Stanton took a 91.7 mph J.A. Happ fastball and sent it to right field. Just like that, the Yankees had a 2 - 0 lead in the first.
The thing with this home run, however, is that it seemed effortless. Stanton flicked his wrists and it went soaring. He got to the ball so quickly, with such easy power, that it was hard to believe. It looked like he just tapped it, but nope. It was crushed.
By early accounts on Statcast, the ball traveled 426 feet into the Rogers Centre seats. It took just 4.6 seconds to get out, too. The exit velocity? 117 mph. According to the YES Network booth, that’s the hardest hit opposite field home run since Statcast was introduced. This one was gone in a hurry.
While that chart tells a story, the video coverage speaks for itself.
As for John Sterling’s home run call? Well, it’s left many Yankees fans scratching their heads.
The John Sterling HR call for Giancarlo Stanton: "Giancarlo, non si pue de parlo." Whatever that means.— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) March 29, 2018
We’ll have plenty of time to get used to it, though. There will be many more of those home runs where that came from.