Wow this is really freaking cool. All day Friday, there were rumblings that Stanton to the Yankees could go from a pipe dream to a reality. I was still skeptical until I saw this tweet a few hours before I went to sleep.
To which I promptly reacted to as such
I’ve never said or heard of that phrase in my life, that’s just the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that tweet. Regardless, I went to sleep and woke up to literal Christmas.
Holy fucking shit, this is one of the best things to ever happen to me. The reigning NL MVP, who also just led the majors with 59 home runs, joining the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, who just led the AL with 52 home runs, in the same Yankees outfield? That’s literally a wet dream. Not to mention Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorious, and Greg Bird? This is easily the most stacked Yankee lineup I’ve seen in a long time, if not in my lifetime. I mean look at this shit.
You figure that Gleyber Torres slides into that lineup somewhere early in the year, either at 2nd or 3rd base, and it just gets even scarier. I’m a Yankee fan, but this should be borderline illegal. Some games may never end. Will the White Sox even be able to get this lineup out 27 times in a game? Is Rob Manfred gonna have to put a mercy rule into play? Regardless, this lineup is scary as hell.
I’ll be the first to admit, I was salty when Shohei Ohtani wouldn’t even give us the time of day earlier this week. I said all along he would go to the Yankees or Dodgers, but I didn’t anticipate him as being weird enough to not care about money or winning. Regardless, trading for Stanton made us Yankee fans forget about him real quick. Basically the Yankees are a spoiled 16-year old girl whose Daddy didn’t get her the new iPhone for her birthday, and she got so upset that he went out and bought her a Mercedes.
So where do the Yankees go from here? They still need to fill out their rotation. Severino, Tanaka, and Gray are locks to come back. Does Jordan Montgomery get another shot at it after a solid rookie campaign? Do we re-sign CC? Does Chad Green become a starter again? Personally, I want to see Green back in the pen where he killed it last year. I have no problem with Montgomery as a 4th/5th starter, and I’d love to see CC come back at the right price. Trading Brett Gardner for a starter is also an option, and Chance Adams is still waiting in AAA.
This is really fun. It’s a video game lineup. After the heartbreaking Game 7 loss in the ALCS over a month ago, I haven’t had much to be happy about in sports. Sure the Knicks are decent but they’re still the Knicks, Rutgers football is not exactly something you can watch soberly, and I don’t know where to start with the Giants. But as of right now, it’s baseball season for me. I’ve convinced myself of it. Yes it is December 9th, and yes it is snowing, but it’s officially baseball season. I’m probably just gonna watch Stanton highlights every day from now until Opening Day.
To all the angry Mets fans, I actually feel legitimately bad for you. Hey, who knows, maybe one of these years all your pitchers will stay healthy enough for you guys to lose to us in the World Series! Wouldn’t that be something. And Red Sox fans, have fun facing us 18 times next year, I thoroughly look forward to seeing how many times Stanton/Judge/Sanchez can take David Price deep over the Green Monster until he retires mid-game.
Merry Christmas Yankee fans, and a Happy New Year it will be indeed.