Why he's here: Ortiz was only in his second season with the Red Sox in 2004, but he had already started to establish the foundation of what would be a strong Hall of Fame case. Yet the Bombers captured a pivotal Game 2, stealing home field advantage in the process, courtesy of Sanchez, who rewarded the Yankees' unwavering faith in him with a breakout offensive performance.
Severino has also fared best with Gary Sanchez behind the plate.
With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract, there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes. With Judge and Stanton at the corners, Sanchez stepped up to bat and unloaded a mammoth home run - this one a three-run, 479-footer off of Eduardo Rodriguez that left Fenway entirely. Maybe don't pitch to him next time? Since Games 1 did not count for this exercise, that leaves exactly 162 games in which one club had momentum within a series, and baseball fans are very good at digesting information presented in 162-game samples. According to Statcast, it was the longest measured home run ever at the historic venue. Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs. It also will give fans more time to marvel over the postseason run by Erik Kratz - a 38-year-old journeyman catcher who has been part of 12 different major league organizations, he's gone 5 for 8 in his first playoff action. On the road, he is 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA, but he is 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA at Yankee Stadium.
"I mean, everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", Sanchez said, speaking through an interpreter. I guess that's the one that was going. But a homer is a homer. In fact, six of the eight teams have players that were in Dunedin in spring training.
Of course, Sanchez's presence in the lineup, especially given his two home runs in Saturday's Game 2 win, is important, but Boone said his role as a game caller and on defense can not be underestimated. Now he's a rookie manager, leading a group of Baby Bombers that reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series previous year before losing to Houston.
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks hopes to be back in the lineup after missing Game 2 because of right hamstring tightness, but Boone said it was unclear if the leg might need another day to deal.
"That's it", Cora said, via Christopher Smith of MassLive. "It's an honor to me".
Aaron Judge on Saturday night strolled along the Fenway Park concourse with a speaker blaring "New York, New York", the anthem played after every game at Yankee Stadium. NY won in the 10th, on a solo home run by Bernie Williams off Boston closer Rod Beck. "We saw him start to get that back towards the end of the season".
Sanchez struck out on the next pitch, a 97 miles per hour fastball.
"The reason why [I called timeout] was because my hands were a little numb from a foul ball", Sanchez said to ESPN's Buster Olney on the field after the game. Before we watch what will happen over the next few days, let's look back at the players - the stars and the surprises - who have worn the hero capes in this short, but intense, playoff rivalry.
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