Stanton’s first-inning shot blast screamed over the right-center field wall, landing about 10 rows deep into first deck’s seats. He was stoic as he jogged the bases, exhaling as he rounded third.
Gary Sanchez was the first to meet him, and they exchanged forearm bumps. When he got to the dugout steps, Aaron Judge put his hand on Stanton’s head and yelled, That’s what I’m talking about.
The home run came off a 91-mph two-seamer and it scored Gardner because Curtis Granderson flat-out dropped Gardner’s line drive right at him in left field to start the game.
The same is even suggested of the old catch rule, as NFL officiating director Al Riveron on Wednesday combated the notion that the new catch rule was effectively already in use during Super Bowl LII. The Eagles touchdowns by Corey Clement and Zach Ertz looked a lot like catches previously bound to be overturned on instant replay review.
Here’s to residual fuzziness. Riveron acknowledged there was slight movement of the football on the catches, but not clear, indisputable evidence.
Donnie Jones announced his retirement from in February after spending five years as the Eagles’ Mr. Reliable at punter, and 14 years in the NFL overall.
Now, the Eagles have a need at punter. The Raiders also just released one of the best — and most popular — players at the position in the NFL.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Marquette King went to the Raiders’ facility on Friday to meet some of his new coaches — Jon Gruden was hired as head coach in January — when Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie informed King he was being released.
King — affectionately referred to as’Punt Gawd’ by fans and renowned for his post-punt dance celebrations — is now on the open market, and he’s an option worth exploring at punter for the Eagles.
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King was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and has been one of the most effective punters in the NFL since becoming the Raiders starting punter in 2013.