Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton on reaching 350 career home runs: 'It’s a cool feat'

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Giancarlo Stanton swing, ball in shot, pinstripes
Giancarlo Stanton swing, ball in shot, pinstripes

Giancarlo Stanton joined an exclusive list on Wednesday night, becoming just the 97th player ever to hit 350 career home runs and becoming the seventh fastest player ever to do it in the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

After having productive at-bats but staying in the ballpark in Tuesday night’s win, Stanton didn’t waste time on Wednesday, lifting a Tyler Wells pitch over the right field wall in the first inning to give the Yankees a two-run lead.

“I thought he had really good at-bats last night. He had the off-day on Sunday and then we had off Monday, and I just thought he came out yesterday and had really good at-bats and carried that over to tonight,” said manager Aaron Boone. “On a cold night, hit a no-doubter into the bleachers there in right center, and then had more good swings all night tonight.

“Good to see him trending that way, but excited for him to get 350. That’s a pretty big number.”

Speaking in the Yankees locker room after the game, Stanton was asked about joining the 350-homer club, and he was also asked if he remembered his first major league home run, a grand slam off Tampa Bay's Matt Garza back on June 18, 2010, when he was still going by Mike.

“It’s pretty cool,” Stanton said. “When I began this journey I didn’t know really what to expect or where I’d be or really how long I’d be around. It’s a cool feat and it feels good to win and keep pushing.

“That’s a completely different player to be honest. My stance was completely open, I was way down, swinging as hard as I could every pitch. Sometimes I go back to that, but just learning, evolving from that person and still plenty of room to evolve.”

Stanton had a couple of hits in Wednesday’s win and drove in three runs, as the Yankees now stand in first place in the AL East at 12-6. It’s still early, sure, but Stanton believes this Yankees team has to capability to go out and win every time they lace them up and take the field.

“It’s been great. We have the opportunity to win every single game. We’ve been right there,” Stanton said. “That’s the key, just give us a chance and, it’s baseball, it’s not always going to happen, but as long as we’re one or two mistakes or one or two plays away from a win, it’s a good spot.”