Anyone who has read my work about the Yankees (I'm still here, so there has to be a few of you) knows that I strive to be as objective as possible as I cover the team. I'm a fan. I don't necessarily hide that, however I believe I owe it to anyone taking the time to click on a link to offer more than a drooling fan-lust piece. That is, until today and for this particular piece.
I long for dented scoreboards situated well above the yellow line. I also live for Statcast home run distance measurements, launch angles and exit velocities. Like you, I look forward to tweets letting me know someone barreled up a baseball and it left the ballpark.
The home run is baseball gold.
So, of course I'm excited about Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge hitting in the same lineup. The Yankees were already an exhilarating team to watch with Judge, Greg Bird, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and a host of others delivering prodigious home run blasts. Add Stanton and eyeballs are sure to be popping in Yankee Stadium and whatever ballpark the Bronx Bombers bring their assault.
For a day, I'm not going to concern myself with the potential regression for Judge, last season's American League Rookie of the Year and the AL MVP runner-up, or for Stanton, the 2017 National League MVP. I will not buy into the suggestion that expecting Judge and Stanton to hit 111 or more home runs combined this season is, well, ludicrous.
I desperately want to see Stanton and Judge holding up balls with black Sharpie printed No. 62s on them. I hope to get wrapped up in what fans in 1961 must have when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris battled each other for the home run title and the chance to surpass Babe Ruth's magical No. 60. Maris' Yankees' single-season homer record (or the "real" MLB single-season record, according to some) is in serious jeopardy.
I'm not going to be concerned with how Yankees manager Aaron Boone will distribute time in right field between Judge and Stanton knowing full well that either of them is a well-above average option. I cannot worry about how Judge and Stanton will handle playing left field on occasion for the first time in an MLB uniform because they are both extremely talented athletes that can overcome facing the game from a different angle. Finally, I absolutely refuse to believe that there will be any discontent with either player if the balance of playing in the field and as the designated hitter begins to sway in one direction or the other rather than split down the middle since each player is considered the "ultimate professional."
I'll embrace the three true outcomes that will come with Judge and Stanton. I won't lament 300 combined strikeouts since the walk totals should bust the 200-mark, while the potential for 100-plus home runs flying into orbit comes with them. Let's face it, 500-foot homers keep fans tuned in and in the seats, myself included.
Sure, home runs don't come daily and I won't worry when several days -- or, uh, weeks -- pass without one from either behemoth. There will be ups and downs because these are men that tower well above 6-feet, which leads to mechanical swing issues and can ultimately disrupt their approaches. So, isn't it a blessing that Judge and Stanton will work side by side to guide each other when the swing and/or mindset is going off the rails? They are strong enough to pick each other up, right?
The Yankees did a wonderful thing for their fans by bringing together two of the most powerful, prolific home run hitters in the game into the same lineup as the organization searches for its 28th World Series title. Simply put, it is a time to be pumped up and downright giddy to be a Yankee fan.
Next time, I'll be a bit more reserved with my take, though if you read between the lines, I have a hard time leaving the objectivity out.