DETROIT — When Giancarlo Stanton left Yankee Stadium after his first homestand in New York amid a crescendoing chorus of boos, there was no shortage of theories as to why the newly acquired slugger had such a miserable first week in the Bronx.
Maybe the jeers — from a homestand in which he had twice fanned five times in a game — had gotten into his head. Maybe he was trying too hard to make a good first impression. Maybe he was not cut out for the scrutiny of New York.
As it turns out, maybe it was something else all together.