Successful pressure-packed postseason moments can really provide that life. After spending eight postseason-less years with a Marlins franchise that had trouble even getting to .500 regularly, Stanton — a key cog in the Bronx Bomber machine — can finally say he’s truly chasing a championship.
But in order for a title to come, with the Yankees already trailing the Boston Red Sox 0-1 in the American League Division Series following Friday’s 5-4 loss, and with Stanton coming up short in two clutch spots in the game, he still has work to do for his postseason impact to be felt.
“I wasn’t able to get it done,” Stanton said, just after he struck out in two late-game situations in which he represented the tying run. “I should’ve put the ball in play.”cheap official nike nfl jerseys
These moments of failure were tangible examples of something Stanton intimated earlier this week ahead of his playoff debut. He knew then that this postseason run, regardless how long it ultimately lasts, won’t be easy.
“You know, it’s been a long road so far, and we’ve got work to do,” Stanton said. “But it’s going to be fun.”
Take one look at his body language coming into October and it’s plainly evident just how much of a blast he had been having.
Perhaps no moment better exemplified his enthusiasm for finally playing on the postseason stage than when he tagged a hanging inside slider in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game. Extra insurance, the 443-foot home run Stanton crushed came off a mistake pitch from A’s reliever Blake Treinen. Stanton sent it, seemingly, into outer space.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap
“What a moonshot. I was looking for that thing to go out the stadium he hit it so far,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said.
It was how Stanton reacted to the homer, though, that best let the Yankees know how at ease he was entering his first career playoff series.
As soon as the ball left his bat, going on a towering fly, Stanton paused for a moment, admiring its arc before slowly jogging up the first-base line.
“It’s kind of what happens in the postseason when you’re feeling hot and you’re feeling great about what’s going on in that game,” New York center fielder Aaron Hicks said of Stanton’s stare-down.