Nobody is quite sure if Luke Voit is the real deal or a flash in the pan, but whatever he may be, the Yankees first baseman is loving every minute of it.
The 27-year-old slugger wrote about his pinstripe experience for The Players' Tribune ahead of Monday's ALDS Game 3 against the Red Sox and Voit could not be more appreciative of how he has managed to find himself in the thick of the sport's greatest rivalry.
"This is just so much frickin' fun," he wrote.
Voit has become an instant fan favorite, supplanting Greg Bird as the starting first baseman by hitting .333 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI since joining the Yankees on July 29 from the Cardinals in a trade involving Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve.
He hit a two-run triple in the AL Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics that sent Yankee Stadium into a frenzy and Voit expects things to be even more dialed up with the Red Sox coming to town with the best-of-five series tied at a game apiece.
"This is the Sox we're talking about," he added. "We need to make more than just the Bronx shake. This time around, let's make it so loud at the stadium that the whole entire country can feel it."
Voit certainly feeds off the energy of the crowd and his teammates, almost to a fault.
When the slugger skied his two-run triple off A's reliever Blake Treinen to right field, he hopped out of the box and raised his right arm with his finger in the air, as if it were a no-brainer leaving the Stadium.
But the ball hung up in the air and was nearly caught by right fielder Stephen Piscotty -- ricocheting off the wall and rolling back to the field.
"What can I say? Sometimes you get carried away. I am who I am," Voit wrote in the piece. "I was totally in that moment and loving it and having fun. And it was just like….Oh my God, I did it. I really did it! This is the game for us if that ball goes out."
It is all just part of the Luke Voit persona.
He plays with passion and is adored by fans who shower him with chants of "Luuuuuuuke" every time he steps to the plate.
His teammates have welcomed him with open arms and constantly rib him as the "team meathead" as he hits the gym in his cutoff sleeves.
Who knows how long this continues to last. The comparisons to Shane Spencer, who burst on the scene in 1998 with 10 home runs in September, are endless.
Yet Voit's approach has been the same since he was traded in July: Just have fun and show everyone what he's got.
"So that's what I've tried to do each and every game since," he added. "I'm literally having the time of my life right now."