Yasmani Grandal Gives White Sox Lead With Big Home Run, Bat Drop

Grandal drops bat in emphatic fashion after crushing homer originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Tim Anderson was out of the lineup Monday night, so his teammates needed to pick up the bat-flip slack.

Thankfully for the White Sox, Yasmani Grandal was up to the task.

The South Side catcher launched his first home run of the season, an absolute bomb in the second inning off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield that broke a scoreless tie. But what came after ball met bat was even more exciting, Grandal emphatically dropping his bat, keeping with the established Anderson-style tradition.

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The White Sox would love to see a lot more of that from Grandal this season. He was disappointed with his offensive performance during his first year in a White Sox uniform in 2020. Even though he showed off his on-base skills, hit a few clutch dingers and played well enough behind the plate to be named a Gold Glove finalist, many of Grandal's numbers didn't match the All-Star level he established before inking the richest free agent deal in White Sox history.

Still, even with a down year from Grandal, the White Sox managed to boast the most powerful lineup in the American League. Though they're missing Eloy Jiménez, the White Sox figure to have enough to do something similar in 2021, and getting more pop and more production overall from Grandal would be a big-time boost to that effort.

And if he wants to keep the swag up, too, that will be much appreciated, as well.

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