Yankee Rookies Hit Back-to-Back Homers In Their 1st At-Bats and It Was Awesome
Following the wet and rainy fanfare of Alex Rodriguez's final game in pinstripes, the New York Yankees returned to business as usual on a blistering hot Sunday afternoon in The Bronx, continuing a three game set with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Or at least they hoped to return to business as usual, because during Saturday's contest, those called upon to pick up where A-Rod left off accomplished something that had never been accomplished in the history of baseball.
Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, called up from New York's AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shortly after Rodriguez was officially released, each hit a solo home run in their first MLB at-bat, made all the more impressive in that they were respectively batting 8th and 9th in the lineup. It was the first time in MLB history that teammates homered in their first at-bats in the same game.
Austin got things started, opening the scoring for the game, hammering a 2-2 pitch from Matt Andriese just over the right field wall, putting the Yankees up 1-0. Four pitches later, Judge, who left Scranton 4th in the International League (AAA) in home runs with 19, crushed a 1-2 dealing from Andriese into Monument Park, where Yankee fans presumably hoping to see his number, 99, someday. The home runs were part of an 8-4 Yankees victory.
Fans took to social media to showcase their excitement.
Since Rodriguez announced his semi-retirement last Sunday morning, the Yankees have won 4 of the 6 games they've played since. They're also 6-2 since Mark Teixeira similarly announced his retirement on Friday, currently situating them 3 games out of the last American League wild card. Hey, Tyler and Aaron, might as well retire now...go out while you're at your peak, and apparently it will help the team's playoff push!
Judge, Austin and the rest of the Yankees return to action tomorrow at 1:05 EST to wrap up their series with Tampa Bay.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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