“Hard to wrap my mind” – DJ LeMahieu celebrates 10 years in MLB with clutch slam for Yankees

DJ LeMahieu made his MLB debut with the Cubs in May 2011 vs Houston Astros, when he entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning at Wrigley Field.

DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieu

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”

DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieu

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.

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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.”

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