Aaron Boone discusses Giancarlo Stanton's 'electric' grand slam in Yankees' comeback win over Red Sox

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Giancarlo Stanton celebrating with Rougned Odor (backwards) road uniform Fenway
Giancarlo Stanton celebrating with Rougned Odor (backwards) road uniform Fenway

The Yankees were four outs away from dropping Saturday’s matchup with the Boston Red Sox, which would have put them back to 2.0 games behind the Sox for the top Wild Card spot.

But with one powerful – and loud – swing of the bat, Giancarlo Stanton changed everything.

Stanton’s eighth-inning grand slam against Darwinzon Hernandez catapulted the Yankees into the lead, and they held on for a big 5-3 win, drawing even with Boston atop the Wild Card standings.

“Electric,” Aaron Boone said when asked to describe the feeling in the dugout when Stanton sent the ball over the Green Monster. “That was a giant – a lot of people letting out a lot. A lot of great at-bats, winning at-bats to set that situation up, and then G absolutely going up there hunting one spot and did not miss it. Just a lot of really big-time at-bats to put us in that situation, and G went and capped it off.”

Stanton has been a streaky hitter at times as a Yankee, and fans have been critical of his play. But his slam on Saturday was undoubtedly one of the biggest moments he’s had in pinstripes.

“Look at the back of the baseball card. We’re talking about a great, fearsome hitter,” Boone said. “I think with age, too, he’s gotten more and more mature and more and more understanding of his process and his game plan. He’s just in a great place right now, and really, I think, the right level of focus and game plan going into a game, and he’s going out and carrying it out and executing.”

The Stanton homer came off of the lefty Hernandez, who was brought into the game to deal with Anthony Rizzo, but after Rizzo was hit by a pitch, Stanton knew he had to be ready for the moment.

“You’ve got to be ready for his fastest bullet there first pitch,” Stanton said. “Great feeling, a lot of emotions going on. Just glad I was able to do it and compress everything and be on time for the fastball, and something good happened.”

With Saturday’s comeback win, the Yankees are now tied with the Red Sox for the top Wild Card spot.

“We’ve just got to live in the moment and relish the moment,” Boone said. “I think our guys are doing that, I think our guys love being in this environment with a lot on the line, and we’re gonna go give you our bet shot, and that’s fun to be a part of.”

“Given what’s at stake, we all know what is, we’re now in a better situation than we were yesterday and the day before,” Stanton said, “so I think it’s our job to get out of this city in an even better situation tomorrow.”

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