Stanton cements place in Yankees pantheon with dramatic slam

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer

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Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

SAN DIEGO — All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton might have finally endeared himself to New York Yankees fans by having a signature postseason moment.

Stanton lived up to his former National League MVP pedigree on Monday, hitting the first postseason grand slam of his career in the Yankees’ 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

“That was big, to come out how we did. It was huge,” Stanton said. “That was really cool. I can’t deny that. The spot I helped put the team in, don’t want to take your foot off the gas. Up by [two] compared to by six is a huge difference.”

There is no doubt that the 27-time World Series champions, the winningest franchise in baseball, are a club built for the postseason. Donning pinstripes in October comes with enormous expectations.

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