To be fair, he signed late and, as a consequence, was always behind his teammates, so it was only natural that it took a bit more than usual to find his rhythm.
The crowd at Fenway Park had already started to boo him a few days ago.
But he finally had his big night on Thursday.
In the Red Sox’s 12-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners, Story went 4-for-4 with three home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
He also stole a base in typical Story fashion: he has been one of the premier power-speed threats in the game ever since he made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies.
An Incredible Day At The Plate
It was a majestic offensive performance that actually put him in some pretty exclusive company.
“Trevor Story becomes only the third player since 1901 to hit at least three homers, score at least five runs and have a stolen base in the same game. He joins Yoenis Cespedes in 2015 and Eric Davis in 1986, per @MLBRandomStats,” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Trevor Story becomes only the third player since 1901 to hit at least three homers, score at least five runs and have a stolen base in the same game. He joins Yoenis Cespedes in 2015 and Eric Davis in 1986, per @MLBRandomStats
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 20, 2022
It takes some skill to hit three home runs in a game, let alone score five runs.
Adding a stolen base is the cherry on top.
The Red Sox hope this is the game Story needed to finally get going in 2022.
Now, he is hitting .230/.317/.413 with five homers and a .730 OPS.
Those numbers will start going up in a hurry.
He is eager to prove he can find consistent success out of the hitter-friendly Coors Field, and while the first few weeks of 2022 were rough and hard to watch, he seems to be trending up.
It was about time.