Okay, some of it is understandable – he played in 18 games in 2019, and missed over half of the 60-game season in 2020.
And no, he isn’t hitting 59 home runs like he did in his MVP campaign in 2017, the season before the Yankees acquired him.
But Yankee fans were unfairly on him well before this – he was booed in his first home game.
However, in this past season, Stanton seemed to regain the hearts of plenty of fans who have always been out to get him.
It was hard for him not to – in a 52-game stretch from Aug. 3 to Oct. 1, in the middle of a postseason race, Stanton decided to put up MVP-type numbers, hitting .316 with a 1.018 OPS, while also playing serviceable outfield on a part-time basis.
In the Wild Card game, he was this close to blasting three home runs. He still went 3-for-4 with a solo shot.
Superstars get treated differently when they come to New York, but Aaron Boone said that Stanton has played it better than almost anyone.
“To see his evolution as a player here, how he’s learned how to navigate all this – he obviously comes in as an MVP, he comes in making a lot of money, but he’s drawn the ire of the fans pretty early and often,” Boone told Ryan Ruocco and former Yankee ace CC Sabathia on R2C2. “He could have a homer and a double and take a funky swing on strike two, and they’re ready to give it to him here. He’s been a great example of watching him navigate this, watching him learn how to survive and now really thrive here in this environment, because he’s just developed a really strong routine and a process that he goes through that, man, when he steps between those lines, it’s about his performance and he has the confidence in how he’s prepared to go out there and be successful and not be swayed by adoring fan or a fan that wants to give it to him. He understands that you’ve gotta thrive regardless, and he’s been a really cool example to see, and he started to become a leader a little bit in that way in our room.”
Boone said that he let some of his frustrations out in a Sept. 12 game against the Mets – shortly after the Mets’ booing-fans scandal, Stanton hit a moonshot to tie the game late, and proceeded to say something to the Mets’ booing ringleader: Francisco Lindor.
“I think part of it was him saying, you think you’ve had it rough? Save it. I think he was kind of saying to him like you gotta have broad shoulders to play here, especially when you’re a dude, when you’re a guy, and you’ve gotta be able to handle a lot,” Boone said.
In the second half, he clearly became a much more vocal presence.
“He’s even a little shy,” Boone said. “But he’s started to step up from a vocal standpoint, and I think it’s just because he’s been through so much as a Yankee already in four years. He’s really learned how to thrive here.
“I’ve really developed a great amount of respect for him, seeing him go through all this, navigate it, and now start to really try to voice some of his teammates… and to see him learn how to do that and really use it as, I think now, a positive, has been fun to witness.”
Source: Yahoo Sports