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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/30/18

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Stanton blasts two HRs; NYY makes a statement; Moves to finalize roster; Austin “ready to pounce”; Boone’s “crappy” first Opening Day

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Giancarlo Stanton, who is now a Yankee, wasted no time in letting the world find out John Sterling’s home run call for him (”Giancarlo, non si pue de parlo”). Stanton blasted two absolute monster shots in his first game as a Yankee and the team’s Opening Day win. More importantly: OH MY GOD GIANCARLO STANTON IS REALLY A YANKEE AND HE’S HITTING HOME RUNS FOR THE YANKEES AND THAT IS REAL LIFE.

Brian Cashman is all of us right now.

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: In case you hadn’t heard, Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee and he displayed two monster dongs yesterday. In doing so, he solidified what everyone had been thinking all winter long. These Yankees are dangerous. The question now is: can anyone stop the Yankees? Obviously it’s only been one game so it’s too soon to draw any real conclusions. Counter: DYNASTY TIME!

MLB.com: In order to finalize their 25-man roster, the Yankees made some moves yesterday. Greg Bird (foot, sadness) and Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique, death) were both placed on the 10-day disabled list, while Clint Frazier (concussion, sadness x2) was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. To take Bird’s place, Tyler Austin was officially added to the roster.

New York Post | George A. King III: As mentioned above, Tyler Austin took Greg Bird’s place on the roster. Austin is “ready to pounce” on this opportunity presented to him. One scout compared him to Josh Willingham and said that he is a “big-league player.” The scout believes that even if he doesn’t have a future with the Yankees, he definitely has a future in the majors.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: New Yankee manager Aaron Boone shared a memory from his first Opening Day as a player. Apparently in Cincinnati, for Opening Day the Reds have (or had, I’m not sure if they’re currently a baseball team to be honest) a lot of pre-game festivities, which includes elephants roaming around the field. For Boone’s first Opening Day, an elephant went Jeter in front of their team’s dugout.

Didi Victory Tweet

The first Didi Victory Tweet of the season definitely did not disappoint. Volcarlo Stanton is a great choice. I, too, feel bad for the balls, Didi.