Overall, Giancarlo Stanton put forth a successful year for the New York Yankees and is now used to the expectation to win on a nightly basis.
Addressing the media for the first time in 2019, Stanton cited what exactly the major difference is playing in New York is, winning.
Giancarlo Stanton with a slight at his former team when asked about what he's learned in New York ? pic.twitter.com/5UxAfqg8j6
— SNY (@SNYtv) February 18, 2019
Stanton claimed it was really the first time in his entire career there was an expectation to win every game after the month of May. This definitely seems like a low blow to his former club, the Miami Marlins, but the fact of the matter is it honestly is the truth.
Twenty-eighteen was the first time Stanton saw the playoffs in his nine-year career, one that has been more successful than most, even with all of the turmoil down in Miami.
If anything shows just how true Stanton’s statement about New York, it’s how he was booed in his first home game as a Yankee after striking out five times. At the time Stanton handled the early criticism extremely well and would go on to hit a home run in his first at-bat the next day.
Perhaps Stanton hit on the point why some players who come from a losing, or inconsistent, culture struggle so much when they come to the Bronx. Regardless, Stanton is 100 percent right; Yankee fans have high expectations and take a 4-3 loss in May like they would a 4-3 loss in Game 7 of the World Series.
It’s just all part of the beauty of playing for a team with so much success like New York has.
Perhaps now that Stanton has a better idea of what is expected out of him, he can put up even better numbers than he did a year ago.