Earlier this month, we expressed concern for the poor souls who found themselves on the receiving end of a blast by Giancarlo Stanton. But on Monday night, the young Miami Marlins slugger proved that neither man nor machine are safe from the consequences of his prodigious tape-measure homers.
Watch as Stanton sends Marlins Park up for grabs as he turns a 72 mph pitch from Colorado's Jamie Moyer into a fourth-inning grand slam and a busted left-field scoreboard during Miami's 7-4 victory:
The good news is that the Marlins may have paid just as much attention to making sure that scoreboard was Stanton-proof as they did ensuring the aquariums behind home plate were shatterproof. The scoreboard somehow repaired itself and was functional just a few minutes later.
Stanton's grand slam traveled an estimated 438 feet and, as was noted more than a few times, came off a pitcher who started his career in 1986, three years before the 22-year-old Stanton was even born.
But despite being nearly 50 years old and having 25 major-league seasons to his name, Moyer really hasn't been victimized for that many grand slams. He didn't give up his first grand slam until 1997 (to Craig Paquette) and hadn't surrendered one since 2004 (to Abraham Nunez).
Stanton, meanwhile, already has four career grand slams under his belt. His last one came on Sunday, May 13 and was of the walk-off variety, sealing an 8-4 win over the New York Mets.