It was hidden by the mask Clint Frazier never takes off, but the outfielder admitted to wearing a smile underneath the face covering as he stood in left field during the Yankees pounding of the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
When Frazier was recalled from the alternate site he hoped to get a chance to play regularly. That came when Aaron Judge went on the IL and Frazier excelled. But Judge came back Wednesday night and Frazier simply moved from right field to left field and continued to swing a hot bat by going 2-for-4 with a homer in a 13-2 victory.
Aaron Boone could have used Mike Tauchman or Brett Gardner, two left-handed hitters, against Blue Jays right-hander Tanner Roark but stuck with the right-handed hitting Frazier.
“There was definitely a moment where I was smiling under my mask in left field. I really tried hard to win this job and obviously there are other guys on the team that can play that position,’’ Frazier said.
“But to be the one who gets to go out there when the team is at full strength [means a lot to me].’’