Even the smallest on-field display of excitement registers concerning DJ LeMahieu — arguably the most stoic of the Yankees, a personality who would have fit perfectly on any of the dynasty-era clubs. So it spoke to the volume early in Friday’s showdown when he slid into second base with an RBI double, bent at the waist and applauded excitedly.
Playing in the brand of energetic environment that he envisioned the Red Sox rivalry would provide, LeMahieu added a fifth-inning homer in the Yankees’ 4-1 victory at Yankee Stadium, helping the Bombers roll to their 14th win in 17 games.
“Playing these guys is always a big game,” LeMahieu said. “The crowd was into it. It was a great night out there. The way we’ve played with some of our big guys out, it’s been fun.”