Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is a tremendous power hitter. Monday night, Stanton proved that by smoking a grand slam off the ageless Jaime Moyer. The ball was hit so hard that it broke the scoreboard in left field. Now that is getting your money’s worth on a homer.
That takes a lot of power to do that. Scoreboards tend to be reinforced pretty well for circumstances like this. Then again, Giancarlo Stanton is a different breed of cat. He is pure power. He is going to hit some massive home runs by the time his career is over. He might not hit the most homers in a season, but he might have the most total distance on them.
That is just incredible looking at that picture. He did not just break a little tiny chunk. That is actually a decent amount of the scoreboard out. I mean, you can still see a lot of it but you can notice the missing part. I wish I had the power to do that. That would be a story that you can tell your kids for a long time.
Maybe breaking scoreboards is the baseball equal to players shattering the backboard in basketball. Both involve impressive feats of strength and both probably cost a lot of money to fix. Giancarlo Stanton gets to join that exclusive club of people who have broken scoreboards. It is so exclusive, I have no idea who else would be in it.