Giancarlo Stanton had a very, very bad day Tuesday.
Playing in his first home game as a member of the Yankees, Stanton went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. It was the first time in his career that he had fanned five times and the first time a Yankee had gone 0-for-5 with five Ks since Andy Phillips did it back in 2005.
And the Yankee Stadium fans? They were not thrilled with Stanton’s performance. After the slugger’s fourth strikeout, smattering of boos rained down…
Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is already getting booed by Yankees fans in his first home game of 2018. pic.twitter.com/F5LlCzV9WQ
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) April 3, 2018
And after his fifth K, the jeers came pouring from the stands, to the disdain of YES Network announcer Michael Kay.
Well, it seems the honeymoon has ended for Stanton. It was not a long one.
You might have thought Stanton had earned himself a long leash after homering twice during his Yankee debut last week, but this is New York, where people boo their cab drivers for getting caught in traffic. Do they care that even after going 0-for-5 Giancarlo still has a .980 OPS, well above his career mark? Hell no they don’t.
Luckily, a few boo-birds don’t mean Stanton can never win over Yankee fans. Didi Gregorious was once booed mercilessly for the crime of not being Derek Jeter. On Tuesday, he hit two home runs and drove in eight runs to bail Stanton’s ass out and got summoned for a curtain call. In other words, if Stanton hits a home run Wednesday this whole five-strikeout thing will be quickly forgotten.