Giancarlo Stanton continues to absolutely punish baseballs at an alarming rate. He’s becoming quite notorious for providing souvenirs to fans who would typically be in no position to catch a home run ball. Heck, you don’t even have to be INSIDE the stadium to get your hands on a Giancarlo dinger. On Saturday afternoon, Stanton once again postmarked a baseball for the cheap seats when he launched a 474-foot bomb into the upper deck in dead center field at Marlins Park.
As impressive as Giancarlo’s moonshot was, the one-handed snag made by a fan in center may have been more impressive. With the ball traveling a projected 115-mph towards him, the gutsy Miami fan reached over the railing and made a great one-handed grab with his bare flesh. That sounds painful and – judging from the dude’s reaction once the adrenaline wore off – it was.
Arguably the craziest part of this story is the fact that, ultimately, the guy didn’t even keep the ball. Instead, he handed it off to his buddy, who is a huge fan of Stanton. I don’t care how much you love Giancarlo, if I make a highlight-reel grab and endure a stinger in the process, there’s no way I’m not keeping that souvenir for myself. This guy is clearly a better friend than I’ll ever be.