Thursday, January 19, 2017


(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America)    
Over the past few years, we've all heard about Gary Sanchez. His arrival to the Bronx was widely anticipated. Last year he finally made it, and he made his presence felt not only in the Bronx, but in baseball as well. He almost single-handedly carried the Yankees to the playoffs.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Mike Kirk / Bleeding Yankee Blue
Starting a career like Gary did, while amazing, tends to lead to unrealistic expectations too. Just ask Kevin Mass, who set a record by hitting 10 home runs in his first 72 plate appearances.

I'm not saying this will be the case for Gary. I honestly don't believe it will. I'm just wondering what is realistic for us as fans to expect? We all know the realities of a sophomore slump. It's happened time and time again in baseball history to even the greatest of players.

(Aug. 25, 2016 - Source: Adam Hunger/Getty Images North America)    
According to this article from the New York Daily News, Gary doesn't seem to worry about that stuff: 

I don’t feel any pressure being the guy on the field or off the field...”-Gary Sanchez

The really like the fact that he seems to be handling the offseason like a veteran. It's great. Obviously his main goal is to stay healthy so he can perform for us, but he's matured greatly. The bottom line is I'm really looking forward to a full season of Gary behind the plate, How bout you?

Photo: Newsday
By the way, if you go out to lunch in the Bronx any time soon, make sure you look for who is making it for you! One day it could be Gary Sanchez!

--Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer

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