Greg Bird's 1st MLB HR since Oct. 1, 2015. 429 ft/107.5 mph exit velo. Was 1-26 before cranking this one. #Yankees?https://t.co/I0eS5uRWvf
— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) April 17, 2017
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird launched a missile in the bottom of the second for his first home run of the season.
While New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has begun the regular season with a brutal slump at the plate, tides may be changing for the left-hander following a two-run home run in the second inning on Sunday.
Bird came up to bat following an Aaron Judge triple (which was really a home run) and launched an Adam Wainwright sinker into the left-field bleachers.
Entering Sunday night, Bird was sporting a very weak .038/.167/.077 slash line with only one extra-base hit. However, a page may have been turned following his second inning blast.
“I think the best way to get him out of it is for him to play.” Girardi told Sweeny Murti of WFAN ahead of Sunday’s game. “If I didn’t believe in him I wouldn’t put him out there…I believe he’s going to hit.”
By the looks of it, Girardi was right. Bird just needs some time to readjust to major league pitching after missing the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.
Nonetheless, this moonshot is nothing but promising for the New York Yankees first baseman who is hopefully out of his early season slump.