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One man gang: Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice

Jun 18, 2013, 9:16 AM EST

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As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, notching two of the Marlins’ three hits in the process and all of their RBI. Just another day at the office for the Iron Giant.

But watching his two homers is better than reading the box score. Check out the video here.

The first one — which the AP box score lists as 394 feet but looked like it would’ve gone 500 if those pesky seats hadn’t gotten in the way — was impressive. The second one was laugh-worthy, as the announcer noted just before it went out that Heath Bell shook off Miguel Montero‘s sign and elected to go with a fastball.

Alternate — and much better — video of Heath Bell’s thought process here.

Since Stanton has come back from the DL he’s 11 for 28 with four homers and 10 RBI in seven games. That’ll play.

 

  1. yahmule - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Stanton’s slash line post ASB last year: .299/.356/.701. 18 HRs in 43 games, with one HR per 9.1 AB.

  2. mvpolamalu - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    If I had to pick somebody in the majors who I think will hit the 500 club that’s not already really close (pujols, Cabrera) it would be this guy.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      If he stays healthy, the Iron Giant has the potential to achieve mythic status – with current kids trying to describe his monstrous home runs to their grandchildren the way I try to explain to mine about the ones that I saw Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killibrew hit.

      Of course, there’s next to no chance that he’ll reach his peak in a Feesh uniform. Scrooge McLoria will cash him in as soon as he’s eligible for arbitration.

  3. cur68 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Kid flat out rake.

  4. paperlions - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    As far as I can tell, the only way to pitch to Stanton is to try to tie him up inside…but you can’t miss and let him extend his arms, if you let him extend his arms, he is going to hit a rocket.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Until you look at those neck muscles. I thing if you tied his hands behind his back and made him hold the bat with his teeth you’d get pretty much the same result.

      Sometime last season one of the Macondo Feeshwrapper spawrtsrighters mentioned Stanton’s body fat index. I don’t remember the percentage but it was vanishingly small. They guy is built like the proverbial brick shithouse. Now then, take Heath Bar Bell, by contrast….

      • paperlions - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Easy explanation, iron is 100% fat free.

    • yahmule - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      The problem with jamming him is he stands really far off the plate, so it’s not that easy. He wants to get his arms extended, so you can try and make him chase away. Off course, if you miss and catch too much of the plate, he hits it nine miles.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Heath Bell is the Marlins’ second highest paid player. Glad to see they’re getting their money’s worth.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Yep. I definitely felt that first dinger, at least, was worth every penny for which Scrooge McLoria got hung. I sure hope to see him face the Iron Giant again soon.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    *one man wolfpack

  7. kcrobert10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Once again I’m serious ill give Miami what ever prospects they want for this kid we need him here in kc.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      For a while. He wants to be in California. And eventually he will be. So don’t be in such a hurry to give away the store.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I’m ok with that he has 3 arbitration yrs left the royals window is maybe 2-4 yrs. So its a fair deal in my mind.

  8. flamethrower101 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Amazing how far Heath Bell has fallen. Not just in performance but in likability. He went from a goofball fan-favorite to clubhouse cancer in less than a year in Miami and now he’s not doing any better in Arizona.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      As he was last year, he’s still more amply endowed with adipose tissue than brains. Coming out of that bullpen, he could barely jog out to the mound. He needs to get himself on a diet and hit the workout room bigtime if he ever wants his career back.

  9. dkphilly1122 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Stanton is a pure beast. He deserves to go to a real team, which is ANY team other than Miami. He is worth the kings ransom they will want in return. He is still young as hell!! Imagine if he was on a team that wanted to win and he had more motivation. Right now he has none playing in Miami. Get this kid on a good tea.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Good tea he can find here.

      • yahmule - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        The Oolong Giant.

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Um…no….

  10. mc1439 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Look out Stanton the stRangers and all their lemmings think they’re entitled to own you. YA’LL make Yankee fans shake their heads.

  11. moogro - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Gator’s Iron Giant™ has now gone mainstream. It’s almost as if Craig reads the comments section.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I think the estate of Ted Hughes still owns the trademark (or the copyright, anyway). Aside from collecting interview fees about being stuck with Sylvia Plath, it was probably his major source of income.

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        PS – I also heard a spawrts tawrk raydeeo host use that phrase a few months back. I almost drove orf the road. Looks like some of these guys read the comments too. I didn’t even know they could read.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        They have interns to read to them.

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