- By: Erik Siegrist
- On: 5/23/2012 9:11:00 AM
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Big deal, right? Guys hit a lot of grand slams. This one wasn't even a walkoff shot or anything. Sure, it came off Methusal... err, Jamie Moyer, and there's probably a record there for biggest gap in age between a pitcher and the hitter who poked a slam off him, but that's not what made it special. Nope, there are three other things made Stanton's slam worth noting:
One, it set a record for the fastest recorded speed of a ball off a bat at 122.4 mph. They only started keeping track of that back in 2006, but before Giancarlo the previous record was held by David Ortiz, and Stanton beat it by about 10 mph. It essentially means the ball left Stanton's bat with a bit more velocity than a first serve leaves Roger Federer's racquet.
Two, Stanton's now tied with a few other guys for the most grand slams (four) before the age of 23. The three players he's tied with? Just Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Mathews, and, oh yeah, Ted Williams.
Three, it broke the scoreboard. For realz. Check the video: - the section of the board it ricocheted off wasn't working properly the rest of that game and on Tuesday night. Just call him Giancarlo Hobbs.
Stanton's slow start has given way to a .313/.402/.688 May with eight home runs in 80 at-bats. I can't wait for him to dent the home run sculpture in left-center field at Marlins Park. I expect it will sound something like when Thor smacked Captain America's shield with Mjolnir in the Avengers movie.