Giancarlo Stanton plate appearances became must see events the day he first put on a Miami Marlins uniform. Nothing about that has changed four years later, but perhaps Stanton just wanted to make sure we're all still paying attention on Friday night when he unloaded on a helpless first inning pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
When the pitch finally landed the Marlins had a quick 2-0 lead in a game they would ultimately win 8-2. Its final resting place was the Budweiser Balcony way beyond the left center field wall at Marlins Park, which based on any estimation is a real long way from home plate.
Giancarlo Stanton's 1st-inning HR last night was calculated at 484 feet, the longest ever hit at Marlins Park
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For perspective, Stanton's blast would have sat all alone as the second longest home run for the entire 2013 season. Only Evan Gattis' 486-foot shot at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia would have topped it. That makes it a very realistic possibility that we've already seen the longest home run for 2014.
As noted, it's also the longest home run in the short history of Marlins Park. That record stands a much greater chance of falling eventually, if only because Stanton figures to call the park home for a few more years. And even if they do trade him in short order, as the Marlins have done with so many of their other all-stars over the years, he will return at some point. And he will still be swinging angry.
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