Did we think it was gone? The fans behind home plate don’t react. Lindor pauses to admire his shot. The pitcher turns to watch it. The Yankees relievers hop up on a bench to try to see at the 19-second mark.
The announcer didn’t buy it for a second.
At the moment of contact he’s reaching for it and looks almost to be swinging with one hand. He’s not Aaron Judge, but a 5-foot-11 shortstop who hit 21 total home runs across parts of five minor league seasons. And the ball he hit went all of 349 feet to the power alley, according to Statcast.
The Dolphins traded Ajayi because they believe that his most productive games are behind him, fearing that knee issues stemming from a significant 2011 surgery are finally catching up to him, team sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
“I’m not concerned about any reports other than the ones given to us,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said when asked about Ajayi’s knee issues, saying the team was comfortable in making the trade based on the results of the running back’s physical.
There was no conflict or controversy that led to Ajayi’s trade, sources told Darlington, but Ajayi did express some frustration about his lack of touches in the red zone.
Ajayi reacted to the trade in an Instagram post Tuesday morning. Even that suggestion from Emmert, ultimately determined by the NBA Players Association and NBA owners, met resistance Monday from Knight Commission panelist David Robinson. Robinson, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame selected to serve on the Commission on College Basketball, spoke passionately about the need for young athletes to spend time on college campuses.