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“La Verdad” Juan Soto had a bit of a night for the Nationals at Yankee Stadium

Washington Nationals v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

If the Nationals’ 19-year-old phenom Juan Soto has proven anything in his month or so in the majors, it’s that he and the spotlight are close friends.

In his first at-bat of his first start, Soto launched a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw. He’s been nearly unstoppable since, hitting to the tune of 0.7 fWAR and a .344 average.

If Yankee Stadium is anything, it’s baseball’s biggest stage before the postseason — the location, the history, the atmosphere, and—in years like these—the team, are unmatched in many ways.

Adding even more to the pressure of the game between the Nationals and the Yankees was its relevance to the NL East standings; the Nats had gone scoreless the previous two games, and the Braves continued to show no sign of slowing down.

Soto, unsurprisingly, was not deterred by the spotlight of a game on national television against the team that America loves—or in many cases, loves to hate.

In his first plate appearance, Soto walked before being picked off first. However, in the fourth, with Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams on first and second, Soto launched a ball way up in the air with a launch angle of about 45 degrees off the bat. It was going to the opposite field. There was no way it would get out.

Then, carried by some power—perhaps by the electric current that runs under the stadium that hosts the hottest team in the league, perhaps by the mythological forces that coalesce in the stadium despite its clear inferiority to its predecessor—the ball escaped over the left-field wall.

Coming to the plate again in the seventh, Soto found a 92 MPH fastball down the heart of the plate in front of him. This one did not need any help from whatever demons or angels lie under the stadium, landing far, far, far from home plate (try 436 feet on for size).

Even the Yankees broadcasters were impressed: