KANSAS CITY — Often, when Luke Voit hits a home run, it goes somewhere around right-center field.
So, of course, when 60 of his close friends and family pack a patio in right-center at Kauffman Stadium — his first time playing three hours from where he grew up — Voit crushes the longest home run of his career … to left-center field.
Still, for Voit, it was more than enough that so many people close to him got to witness him crush a 470-foot shot against the team that drafted him in a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday afternoon, the first game of a split doubleheader.
“I was on cloud nine,” Voit said.
Voit, who went 2-for-5, hit his home run in the seventh inning. It was a two-run shot that proved to be the go-ahead home run, snapping a 3-3 tie before Thairo Estrada added insurance via a two-run double in the eighth.
“Took some extra preworkout today to get the juices flowing,” Voit said. “It’s fun. This is one of my more favorite stadiums to play (at).”
Voit said he actually thought his home run — the 13th of his season — traveled farther than 470 feet, but he’ll take it.
“I don’t know if you can hit them farther than that,” he said.
Voit added that he took a second to admire the blast and that he didn’t even do his trademark hop afterwar.
Voit credited his wife for making the arrangements for everyone.
“Everybody paid for their own thing,” Voit said. “It was expensive. But my wife paid for it up front, which means I paid for it. But everyone paid us back, so it’s all good.”
He was bummed that Friday’s postponement meant a doubleheader Saturday. He was supposed to attend a dinner at a restaurant nearby to see everyone, but it looked like that wasn’t going to work out.
“To hit probably the farthest home run I’ve ever hit in front of them, it was pretty surreal,” Voit said.
Manager Aaron Boone said Voit’s energy was infectious.
“It’s been great,” he said. “He’s brought so much to the table for us. Between the lines, he’s been really good. He’s loved coming here and being a Yankee. They love him in that room. He brings something every day just from an energy standpoint.”