When you have fallen into a pit, you must allow yourself to recognize every little step that comes out of it. That’s how the Yankees exhaled just a bit as they beat their old punching bags against the Twins on Tuesday night, 8-4 at Target Field, to end a four-game losing streak and put the brakes on a brutal stretch of 3-10.
No one on this list resided in a deeper pit than Gary Sanchez. And while we’ve seen far too much to suggest he’s completely beyond his legendary woes, give the youngster some credit.
It has endured the kind of scrutiny and criticism that few professional athletes have faced. And he’s still standing.
“There are so many things you think about when you’re struggling and things don’t work out,” Sanchez said after the game through a performer, “but at the same time you understand that the only one issue is to continue working. That’s what I focused on, and I’m glad things are working out. “
The receiver sailed into a competitive Twins roster with starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who then proclaimed of his teammate, “That’s my guy. “
Sanchez also scored a single and came in to score the (temporary) lead in the sixth inning, and in the ninth, with the Yankees holding a two-point lead, he crushed a two-run homerun from Twins rookie reliever Griffin Jax. , souring his major league debut and giving the surely anxious Yankees a cushion.
Sanchez now owns a .739 OPS, and if that doesn’t put him in the same conversation as Mike Trout or his longtime teammate Aaron Judge, it smells a lot better than the .618 he posted last season, when he struggled so badly on both sides of the ball during the shortened COVID timeline that some experts, including yours, called on the Yankees not to offer it and move on.
What could still turn out to be the right lawyer. Let’s not close this file. Still, considering how Sanchez has started this season, hitting a low of 0.617 (one point lower than last year!) On April 26, give the 28-year-old some credit.
“He never wavered with his confidence,” Aaron Boone said of Sanchez. “His work has been excellent on both sides of the ball. He still has a long way to go, like many of us, to get to where we need to go. But without a doubt, in recent weeks there has been more consistency for Gary. “
“I’ve said it over the past three years, I think Gary is one of the most talented right-handed hitters in the game, and I know last year obviously didn’t go his way, and then the results at the start of this year may not have been exactly what he was looking for, ”said Brett Gardner, who as a Yankee since 1951 (in fact 2008) knows full well what it is to fall into a pinstripe pit. “But he’s very, very, very talented on both sides of the ball, and he’s obviously a big part of our squad. He’s a guy who, when he goes out and is ready to play, he can carry your team. We have seen this in the past. I see no reason to believe that he cannot continue to do so in the future.
“It’s nice to hear that from Gardy,” said Sanchez, “but… I can’t carry the team on my own. It does not work like that. This is why we are a team. We are going to do our job and each of us has a responsibility to move forward together.
Sure, these Yankees, now 32-29, leaping over the Blue Jays in third place in the American League East, have miles to go before they fall asleep. Though they must have allowed themselves to sleep well after this one, find solace in the abyss of their own making, and come back on Wednesday hoping to take another step.
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