Star infielder DJ LeMahieu celebrated a decade in the big leagues by rounding the bases for a second-inning grand slam. This brilliant effort led the New York Yankees to a contentious 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Visalia native LeMahieu, who is currently playing in his 10th Major League Baseball (MLB) season, launched a Dallas Keuchel cutter into the right-field seats. As a result, he completed his third homer of this edition and his second career slam. Moreover, it was the first grand slam hit by a Yankees player this year.
“It’s hard to wrap my mind around 10 years,” LeMahieu said, as quoted by MLB.com. “If you would have told me that 10 years ago, I would have been pretty shocked. I guess if you have 10 years, have a good game and get a win, you can’t ask for much more.”
“DJ embodies talent, professionalism, and toughness”
LeMahieu, who made his MLB debut for the Chicago Cubs back in 2011, is a three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time batting champion. The 33-year-old has hit 49 home runs as a Yankee (in 381 games), matching his home run total over his first 955 games with the Cubs and Rockies in the Majors.
“There’ve been a lot of guys joining the 10-year club for us this year. It’s a big deal,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I think it speaks to people’s talent, professionalism, and toughness. DJ embodies all of that, and he’s still got a lot of years in front of him.”
“He’s been special; probably as good a reliever as there’s been in the league to this point,” Boone said. “I can’t imagine it being any better.”