Batting in the top of the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies with a runner on first and one out, Miami Marlins right fielder Gincarlo Stanton hit an absolute moonshot off pitcher Ethan Martin Wednesday night.
The ball landed in Ashburn Alley just in front of the Planet Hoagie restaurant at Citizens Bank Ballpark, some 463 feet away to left-center. To say that fans on Twitter were in awe of the Ruthian stroke would be a vast understatement.
“Giancarlo Stanton just used his big stick to launch a souvenir into the Planet Hoagie line on Ashburn Alley.” Need this guy in Philly!— tonyb1957 (@tonyb1957) September 19, 2013
Now that was a BOMB... Giancarlo Stanton. Heads up in the food lines on Ashburn Alley.— Eric Yoder (@yodes26) September 19, 2013
Just saw Giancarlo Stanton's homerun. The ball is somewhere in the stratosphere. #moonshot— Mike Zimmermann (@MikeZimmermann1) September 19, 2013
Stanton has totaled 116 home runs in his brief career, many of them the tape measure variety. In 2012, he launched a laser blast that traveled some 494 feet at Coors Field, the longest home run of the year according to ESPN Home Run Tracker.
Not too many players have the ability to hit a ball into Ashburn Alley. But Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves smashed one just to the right of Stanton's shot just 10 days ago. At 486 feet, it is the longest home run of the 2013 season.
Injuries have slowed Stanton over the past two seasons—otherwise, he'd likely be somewhere around 140-150 home runs in his career.
While health issues and being stowed away playing for the Miami Marlins franchise have held the 23-year-old slugger back some, all fans can no doubt appreciate the awesome displays of power and talent from Giancarlo Stanton.
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