The Giancarlo Stanton Era started off with a bomb.
Stanton hit a no-doubt home run in his first at-bat as a member of the Yankees in the first inning of Thursday’s Opening Day matchup with the Blue Jays.
Stanton’s blast zoomed on a line out over the right-center field wall and deep into the first deck’s seats. It came in a 0-1 count and it was off Toronto starting pitcher JA Happ.
It was also Stanton’s first Yankees swing, and it was on a 91.7-mph two-seam fastball.
Just build off (of it). Trust yourself. Trust your preparation. Know you’re going to do well and that you set yourself up to do well. Not worry about those side expectations or the sophomore slump or whatever you want to call it. It only exists if you put it in your mind.
Outstanding player, the elder Shurmur said. I watched him sack my son a year ago in the bowl game.
So will Shurmur hold it against Chubb if he is on the board when the Giants are on the clock
No, he said, laughing at the intentionally funny question. Sacking the quarterback is a good thing.
Shurmur just has to remember which proverbial hat he is wearing at which time: Wincing father or head coach scouting defensive prospects.
Last year, when all those SEC defensive linemen were getting drafted, their highlights were sacking my kid, Shurmur said. I texted him like four times:’I just saw you on tape. I just saw you on tape.’
It was a funny one-liner from Shurmur, who quickly slipped back into coach mode and clarified those pass-rushers are good prospects and he wasn’t critiquing his son for holding the ball too long or any Vanderbilt offensive linemen.