Boone reacts to Yankees fans booing Stanton in crisis
The Boo Birds were in the Bronx on Memorial Day, and the target of their collective anger was superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has been in the midst of a crisis at home plate since returning from the injured list.
The New York Yankees lost their fourth straight game with Monday’s 3-1 loss to their rivals and the AL East leaders Tampa Bay Rays. Stanton, mired in a 0 for 12 streak (including eight strikeouts) in three games since returning to the roster after being injured on the quad, was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on Monday.
During his rough Memorial Day outing, Stanton heard him from the stands after knocking on his last at bat, as boos rained down from the stands at Yankee Stadium.
After Monday’s setback, Yankees manager Aaron Boone played down Stanton’s difficulties, saying the slugger will regain form once he’s settled.
“He’s been back for a few days. G will be fine, ”said Boone, by the New York Post. “As long as he’s healthy and starts doing his reps, you’ll be fine.”
Stanton was one of the Yankees’ hottest hitters before hitting the IL with a nagging injury at the start of the season that characterized his stay in New York. While the slugger tried to refine and reduce his off-season training schedule, the changes seem to have yielded no encouraging results at this point.
However, from April to May, Stanton enjoyed a scorching streak where he racked up a 12-game streak in which he hit a 25-for-52 clip with six homers.
Boone believes that Stanton will return to his hot ways in no time.
“It’s fair to say he’s probably dusting off some rust right now,” Boone said. “But as long as he’s healthy, he should be fine here.”
Until then, however, Stanton may have to put up with the birds of the Bronx if he can’t get things done in the batter’s box.