According to the New York Times' Tyler Kepner, no Yankees shortstop had ever registered eight RBI in one game. Kepner also noted Alex Rodriguez in 2005 was the last Yankees player to bring eight runners home in a single game.
Gregorius got his day started with a leadoff double in the bottom of the second and then hammered a three-run homer over the right-field fence. Gregorius deposited another home run into the upper deck in right field in the seventh inning.
MLB GIFs shared the contrasting reactions between Gregorius and Rays catcher Jesus Sucre:
Gregorius' final two RBI came on a bloop single in the eighth inning, which concluded New York's scoring in the comfortable victory. Gregorius' big day came at a good time for the Yankees, as Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez were a combined 0-for-10.
Last year, the 28-year-old enjoyed the best offensive season of his career, slugging .478 with 25 home runs and 87 RBI. Tuesday demonstrated he should remain a potent threat in the middle of the Yankees' lineup in 2018.