The last of the many Yankees to face the press following the worst loss of this very young season was the biggest goat.
Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees’ new superstar slugger, was terrible in his first home game at Yankee Stadium last week and somehow worse Sunday in the final game of his initial homestand.
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Somehow Stanton trumped his awful pinstripes debut, 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.
At least the Yankees won that one.
This time, Stanton was 0-for-7 with five more strikeouts and he stranded nine in an 8-7, 12-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles in which the Yankees blew a 5-0 first-inning lead.
He doesn’t know.
“I’ll figure it out,” he said. “I’ll go to the video. I’ll figure it out.”
He figured it out last year when he went on to have an NL MVP season after batting.226 in his first 14 games with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats.
On Sunday, Stanton was scuffling so badly that Orioles manager Buck Showalter walked Aaron Judge intentionally in the 10th inning with two outs and a runner on second. Sure, that set up a force out at second, but this is probably the first time any skipper walked anyone to face a guy who hit 50-plus homers the previous season.
Stanton grounded out to third in that at-bat, then ended his first career 0-for-7 two innings later by whiffing on four pitches facing Orioles reliever Brad Brach.
This day and the entire homestand has Stanton frustrated.
“If you don’t feel right, find a way to battle and try to put the ball in play,” he said. “It hasn’t worked out, but we’ll be all right.”
Hawley retiring isn’t necessarily news in and of itself. Instead, it’s all about his post-football plans. See, the former offensive lineman has decided to donate pretty much all of his belongings and drive a van cross country with his dog — a boxer he rescued from a kill shelter named Freedom.
“If it doesn’t fit in my van, I’m giving it away,” Hawley told ESPN. “I thought about putting it in storage when I’m on the road, but I kind of want to start over when I’m done with the trip and have a fresh start, so I decided to give it all away. … I don’t need a lot of things to be happy.”