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Giancarlo Stanton has finally hit a home run

Apr 27, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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It took 76 trips to the dish, but our long national nightmare is over: Giancarlo Stanton has gone yard. Stanton hit Cubs starter Travis Wood‘s cut fastball deep down the left field line, estimated at 472 feet according to Joe Frisaro.

Stanton had been battling shoulder soreness, missing time between April 11-17. The injury clearly limited his ability to hit for power — along with a home run drought, Stanton had only managed to hit three doubles in his 75 PA entering tonight’s game. Last season, Stanton hit 37 home runs in 501 PA, even missing time due to knee problems.

Stanton is arguably the only reason for fans to come out to the ballpark, so the Marlins are very happy to finally see him on the board.

If you’d like to see a .gif of the homer, click here for one, courtesy of The Score’s Scott Lewis.

  1. flamethrower101 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    If I’m not mistaken he didn’t hit a home run all of last April too, right? Yet he finished with 37.

    This guy has more pure power than any hitter in the game right now. It’s just a shame Miami won’t be able to enjoy him for long. There’s no way the Marlins organization will be able to convince us they want to keep him.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      He didn’t hit one until G20 last year on 4/21, but that started a 6HR in 9 game stretch.

    • derklempner - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      No offense to the beast that Stanton is, but the other team in that picture (the Cubs) have a guy with what seems to be as much pure power as Stanton: Anthony Rizzo.

      He has hit some BOMBS this year.

  2. fukpittsburgh - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Bet he hits another one tonight.

  3. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Thank God he finally hit one out! I was going to sacrifice a taco if he didn’t soon!

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      That was a slump that required a goat.

      Not coincidentally, we’re having cabrito norteana tonight. Want some?

  4. rbj1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Day-um, that’s a monstrous home run.

    • ptfu - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      That ball came down very near the spot where he broke the scoreboard last year. The Iron Giant is just shaking off the rust.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Warning: I am inspired tonight. Why? Because it has been coming. It hasn’t been obvious, since it’s been lost in the wild swings, lunging strikes, befuddled expressions as pitches drop into the strike zone where he least expected it. You saw the frustration in his face and in his body language. You watched Tommy languish out there in right center, his gears gone gummy, his attention distracted by the pneumatokinesis of the dancers at the Clevelander off to his right. But even buried as it has been all
    April in the fabric of reality like a quark in an unstable isotope, it’s been coming.

    And tonight, it came. In the bottom of the first, the Iron Giant finally got ahold of a Travis Wood peetch that lingered over the plate and with a sound like Ted Nugent taking target practice at his neighbor’s hyacinth macaw he hit that spheroid so hard he may have forced π to cough up an even integer. It sailed over the top of the left field scoreboard and disappeared forever into that blue vault somewhere over the rainbow and might even have landed on one of the wicked witches. A thing of poetry, it was. Gravity’s Rainbow in cowhide.

    But of course the Feesh lost again, going down three two one against Kevin Gregg. We’ll do the projections in the morning; I want to bask in the majesty of that murdered baseball for a while.

  6. randygnyc - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I’m expecting, felony, premeditated charges against Stanton, post game.

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      His mother is holding a press conference to deny he had anything to do with that home run.

  7. cackalackyank - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    I know this question will raise some ire…but in all seriousness..if you were the opposing pitcher…why on earth would you EVER throw him a strike? Did I miss the part where there is someone once again batting after him that is a threat to do damage? I think it will be a miracle if he sees 37 pitches that he can drive for home runs the entire season. I think he might set some kind of record for never getting a hittable pitch.

    • joerymi - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Well, this is where we will see if he really steps up his game even more. In theory, he should have an obscene OBP of a power-hitter like Fielder.

  8. russellbandingo - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I used to watch him way back 2 years ago on our Jacksonville Suns minor league team, way back when the kids still called him Mike . He had a span of 8 or 9 hrs in a 3 game span last year before he got called up. He was the most beastly player ever on the Suns aside from the great Nolan Ryan .

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      I could see him guzzling the chipotle corn chowder at the Mossfire Grill a quart at a time, then heading over to Beach Road Fried Chicken and putting away a couple of family platters, two plates of fried livers and one small family farm’s production of mashed potatoes before heading out to the beach for a beer.

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