It was that time of year again — opening day, 2020 — Thursday night, July 23 — the baseball season finally started after the Coronavirus lockdown. The Yankees in Washington to take on the defending champs with cardboard cutouts in the stands and Anthony Fauci throwing out the first ball.
Fauci who? would have been the question in October 2019, when last we left these Yankees. Now everyone knows who Tony Fauci, former basketball player in high school, is — liked or disliked.
Giancarlo Stanton hit the first homerun of the season — a 459-foot shot to center, scoring Aaron Judge to put the Yanks up 2-0 in the first inning. Washington Rightfielder Adam Eaton answered with a solo shot in bottom of first.
But Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the 3rd and Stanton singled in another run in the 5th to put Yanks up 4-1 — and then the rains came. Torrential rain and the game was called after 5 and a half innings — par for the course.
Judge and Stanton were both 2 for 3. Gio Urshela, Tyler Wade (playing 2nd base) each got a hit. Everyone else in the Yankee lineup — Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks (CF), Gleyber Torres (SS), Luke Voit (1b), and Brett Gardner (LF) — went hitless.
Gerrit Cole leads the American League in wins, and the Yanks are in 1st place with a 1-0 record. Onward 2020!