MINNEAPOLIS — Less than 24 hours after witnessing mammoth blasts land in absurd parts of Target Field, National League All-Stars still couldn’t get enough of Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s impressive display at the Home Run Derby.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s reaction to the infamous 510-foot shot went viral and perfectly summed up everyone’s response to Stanton’s first-round swings.
That ball nearly left the park. Stanton also hit one 476 feet to the batter’s eye in center field and another reached the upper deck.
"I always say we do it for a living. For us to get as excited as we get when we do this for a living, when we see batting practice for a living — you get a little jealous of his teammates because they get to see that all the time," McCutchen said. "I’ve never seen anything like that in my life in person. That was pretty impressive. I know I’ll never hit one that far regardless. It’s never going to happen.
"That’s why I was so excited. ‘I can’t wait to see him just get a hold of one, he’ll probably go out of the stadium’ and then wow he hit it. I was so excited, jumping all around like crazy. Lot of fun."
"It was great," Rizzo said. "It was really exciting and happy to see. I was happy to be able to watch it and see him hit those bombs. It was cool."
Those moon shots were just what Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki expected when he asked Stanton to participate in the Derby.
Named the captain of the team, Tulowitzki called Stanton as his first pick in late June. Stanton was supposed to compete in 2012 but backed out after having arthroscopic knee surgery.
"I think that’s who everybody wanted to see, obviously one of the best power hitters in the game," Tulowitzki said. "You saw it last night with two balls he got hold of. They were impressive. He did his job. That was awesome to watch."
Tulowitzki is tied with Stanton for the NL home run lead with 21. He saw the slugger go deep against righty Jordan Lyles during the opening series between their clubs.
Stanton’s estimated 510-foot shot was the furthest Tulowitzki had ever seen a ball hit. He knew Stanton was capable of doing that when watching BP earlier this season.
To Stanton, who regularly deposits balls to the home run perch in right or even the 502 sign in straightaway center at Marlins Park, "that’s normal for me."
Following the Derby, Stanton said he would be interested in competing again. Next year’s will take place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where the dimensions are cozier.
"It’s not going to be fair," McCutchen said. "I was talking about that yesterday, too. It’s going to be stuff going out of the entire stadium. Center field, probably right-center, left. Balls are going to be leaving."