For Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, New York is a town plenty big enough for the both of them
If you can make it there, they say, you can make it anywhere.
For Aaron Judge, the electrifying 25-year-old outfielder who instantaneously became one of the brightest stars in Major League Baseball, New York has offered the perfect backdrop for the 6-foot-7 slugger's tremendous success.
This offseason, however, another behemoth entered the fold, when the Yankees acquired Miami Marlins superstar and 2017 National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton.
Both men tower over their competition, literally and figuratively, and the prospect of the two gargantuan outfielders joining forces in this year's Yankees lineup has been described with sheer incredulity from outsiders and teammates alike.
"Those two guys going back-to-back in the order, that's a joke," said new Yankee acquisition Brandon Drury on his first day reporting to camp. "I think everyone's like, 'Wow, that's the best lineup in baseball, easy.'"
For Judge, making room for another MVP-caliber talent was much easier than it will be for the pitchers who have to face them this season.
"It's been great getting to know G. He's one of the guys," Judge told YES Network of his new teammate. "You know he's here to win. Whatever we can do to help the team."
Although Stanton has cemented himself as one of the elite home run hitters in the game, he has never experienced a winning season in his eight-year career. The Marlins' decision to trade him to the Bronx stemmed in part from the club's deep-seated financial and competitive challenges, but that's all in the rearview mirror for him now.
Stanton's ready to win.
"You've got to love that mindset to have a guy like him, just got done winning the NL MVP," said Judge. "It's something special, and I'm excited for the future."
While Judge has become one of the most imposing two-way players in between the lines, he's also earned huge respect for his quiet, confident leadership. Much of that results from his team-first mentality, and his ego-free approach to helping his team win ballgames.
When Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman contacted Judge about the potential opportunity to acquire Stanton from Miami, Judge was all-in.
"Back when Cash called me and told me they had a shot at getting Stanton, I said, 'Whatever he can do to get him,'" Judge said. "[Stanton] in a lineup alone makes the lineup scary."
Stanton has gotten off to a hot start this spring with four doubles and a home run in his first 11 games, and Judge has eased his way back into competition after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in the offseason.
Results don't matter yet, but when they do, the Yankees will field one of the most powerful lineups in franchise history.
"Add [Stanton] to the pieces we already have," said Judge, "it's going to be quite a lot of fun."