Stanton’s home run is just sick! Is there a movie on this flight?
There are long homers . . .
. . . and then there are looooooong homers.
What Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton did to a pitch from San Diego’s Eric Stults in the bottom of the first inning on Friday should need clearance from NASA.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the two-run homer traveled 484 feet.
Seriously? Only 484 feet?
Stanton’s blast sure seemed to fly way past the 500 mark.
"Uuufff," is how Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria responded to reporters when asked about the homer after the game.
"I just threw a fastball down the middle," Stults told The Associated Press. "I was trying to throw a fastball in and just didn’t get it to my spot."
Didn’t get to your spot? Didn’t get to your spot?! It sure didn’t, Mr. Stults.
The scary part?
"He absolutely crushed that ball, but it doesn’t surprise me," Miami pitcher Tom Koehler told The AP. "I’ve seen him hit balls further."
It was Stanton’s second homer of the season. The Marlins right fielder is batting .350 with nine RBI in Miami’s first five games. Friday’s homer set the record for the longest at Marlins Park, which opened in March, 2012.
"It was a good first punch," Stanton told The AP. (Giancarlo sure is a funny guy, huh?)
Logan Morrison’s 467-foot homer off Washington’s Dan Haren on Sept. 6, 2013, was the previous longest at Miami’s ballpark.
"Now you can’t say Lo-Mo’s got a bigger bomb than me," Stanton said after the game.
Meanwhile, in Denver — while Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon was going 6 for 6 — Carlos Gonzalez hit this missile off the front of the third deck at Coors Field in at 12-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The reported distance: 443 feet.