Sixty-one years after Roger Maris made residence run historical past in The Bronx, Aaron Decide has the possibility to do the identical.
Decide has hit 59 residence runs this season and 30 of them — together with the final 4 — have come on the street.
The opposite 29 have come at Yankee Stadium, the place Decide and the Yankees return on Tuesday to play the Pirates, with the slugger observing historical past. He wants only one extra homer to turn into simply the second American League participant since Babe Ruth to hit 60 residence runs and two to tie Roger Maris’ AL and franchise report of 61, which Maris set in 1961.
Requested Sunday in Milwaukee — following homers No. 58 and 59 — what it might imply to achieve these subsequent milestones in The Bronx, Decide paused and mentioned, “If it occurs throughout a win, that might be nice. Getting an opportunity to do it at residence could be nice, too. We’ll speak if that point ever comes.”
That point might come any day, with the Yankees enjoying their subsequent six video games at residence, with two in opposition to Pittsburgh and 4 versus Boston earlier than a visit to Toronto. Decide is averaging a house run each 10.7 plate appearances or 2.41 video games this season.
Whereas Decide has chosen to not look too far forward — which many consider to be one of many traits that’s helped him reach the heights he has this season — others round him don’t have that difficulty.
Gerrit Cole grew up a Yankees fan in California and went to some video games on the earlier Yankee Stadium. He’s anticipating a raucous scene on 161st Avenue and River Avenue beginning on Tuesday.
“[The fans] are gonna be over the sting and slapping the [wall],’’ Cole mentioned Sunday. “There’s gonna be beer flying in every single place. It’s not gonna be a child-friendly setting within the bleachers. It’s gonna be nuts.”
For a staff that hasn’t hosted a World Sequence sport since 2009 or a postseason sport since 2019, the Stadium figures to be as loud because it’s been in recent times. A gradual dose of flashbulbs, smartphones and followers ready with bated breath determine to accompany every of Decide’s at-bats.
“It needs to be actually particular,’’ Aaron Boone mentioned of his expectations of the environment on the Stadium. “We’re in a pennant chase and with Decide sitting the place he’s, there’s added buzz each time he comes up. It’s an occasion.”
That’s been the case for a lot of the season, however by no means greater than now.
Decide has additionally managed so as to add one other component of drama to his season, making a run at turning into the primary Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera did it a decade in the past. His current stretch on the plate during which he’s gone 27-for-53 has introduced his common up from .294 to .316 since Sept. 3.
And it’s hardly mattered these days if the Yankees are at residence or on the street, the crowds in every single place have been targeted on Decide’s at-bats for a lot of the season, since he started hitting homers at a livid tempo.
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After Decide hit his second homer of the afternoon in opposition to the Brewers at American Household Subject on Sunday, he had another at-bat, because of a ninth-inning Yankee rally. For the primary time this season, the ball was switched out earlier than he went to the plate, since any residence run he hits now should be authenticated.
Decide mentioned he was too locked in on what he needed to do to note the ball trade, however he might have been the one one.
Nothing else has impacted his method this season — and neither did the ball change — since Decide crushed a two-run double so as to add to the Yankees’ lead.
It’s what Boone known as Decide’s “means to not get caught up in it” that has set him aside this season — together with on Sunday, as all 5 balls Decide put in play have been tracked at over 110 mph, in response to Statcast, the primary time a participant has ever finished that within the Statcast period.
The Pirates had not introduced their possible starters for the sequence as of Monday, however in some order they have been anticipated to start out rookie Luis Ortiz and former Yankees prospect Roansy Contreras — neither of whom Decide has beforehand confronted.