Every spectator in the stands at George M. Steinbrenner Field was looking for No. 27 in pinstripes as Giancarlo Stanton took the field for the first time as a Yankee.
In his highly anticipated debut, Stanton said nerves weren't really a feeling he possessed walking out on the field. It's strictly business when he crosses the chalk.
"Once I get in between the ilnes, it's ready to go," Stanton told ESPN's Coley Harvey. "But it's definitely a cool anticipation. Something new -- new and exciting."
Fans were still more than excited to see him step into the batter's box for the first time. They were so excited a thunderous ovation ensued.
"It was great," Stanton said on the ovation. "[They're] happy for me to be here, and I'm happy to be here. There's excitement for everyone out there."
Greg Bird, who was on deck behind Stanton, heard -- and felt -- something he hadn't before in Spring Training.
"I got the best view in the house, besides the catcher," Bird said. "I'm excited to watch him. I'm excited to learn from him."
The crazy cheers were to no avail, though, as Stanton went 0-for-1 with a walk in his two plate appearances. And in the field, he saw a couple of singles rolled his way, so no instances to to show off the arm.
The first one is out of the way, and Stanton knows that the long balls will come in time.
"I'm trying to get my timing out there," he said.
New manager Aaron Boone did notch a first, though. He secured his first managerial win of his early career. But even he knew fans were amped to see Stanton in person.
"Seeing a guy like Giancarlo out there, it seemed like a lot of people, maybe more so than usual, were really looking forward to this day," Boone said.