Giancarlo Stanton draws Sheffield analogy but admits it ‘doesn’t change’ much

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Giancarlo Stanton ascended the dugout stairs, proudly hoisting his batting helmet to respond to the enthusiastic cheers from the Yankee Stadium audience who were celebrating the fourth-fastest 400th homer. This season has been challenging for the Yankees’ power hitter, but this moment quickly emerged as one of his most significant highlights.

In Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over the Tigers, Giancarlo Stanton smashed a two-run home run in the sixth inning, marking his 400th career homer. This achievement placed him as the fourth-fastest player in Major League history to reach this milestone based on games played. The monumental 451-foot shot sailed over the left-field bullpen and contributed to the Yankees‘ fourth consecutive triumph.

Manager Aaron Boone described him as one of the most unique players he had ever seen. He pointed out that Giancarlo Stanton could have at-bats where his bat broke, but then in the next one, he could hit the ball at 118 mph. Boone drew a comparison to Gary Sheffield, whom he had played against, noting that Sheffield hit rockets and consistently hit the ball hard on a line. However, he concluded that Giancarlo Stanton was unique in his own right.

“He’s as unique as I’ve ever seen, honestly,” the Yankees manager said. “He can have those at-bats where his bat breaks in half, and the barrel ends up on the net behind the plate, and the next time [he can] hit it 118 mph]. I played against Gary Sheffield, who used to hit some rockets at you and hit the ball consistently hard on a line. But G is just unique in his own right.”

Giancarlo Stanton’s game-changing home run against right-hander Jose Cisnero left his bat at a blazing speed of 116.8 mph, taking a mere 4.6 seconds to reach the fan’s outstretched glove located above the Detroit relievers. According to Statcast, this home run was Giancarlo Stanton’s third-hardest-hit of the season, although it’s well-known that few players have the power and prowess to deliver such impressive shots.

Giancarlo Stanton, during the game of Yankees vs. Tigers.
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Giancarlo Stanton remarked that reaching the milestone of 400 home runs served as a noteworthy wake-up call for him. However, he acknowledged that it didn’t alter the overall course of the season much, but he remained focused on the upcoming month. He recognized the significant challenges that still lay ahead but emphasized their commitment to the work they needed to do.

“[Getting to 400] is definitely a cool little wake-up call,” Giancarlo Stanton told. “It doesn’t change much in terms of how the year’s gone, but we do have about a month left. That’s all I can really focus or pay attention to. There’s still a big hill ahead of us, but we’ve got work to do.”

A pretty cool feat by Stanton

It’s been a trying season for Giancarlo Stanton, marked by frequent boos, a batting average teetering just above the Mendoza line at .205, and a nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly seven weeks. Amidst the struggles and frustrations of this extended season, Giancarlo Stanton allowed himself a few moments of celebration, and the appreciative Bronx crowd joined in.

Giancarlo Stanton achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the fourth-fastest player in MLB history to reach the 400-home run milestone, accomplishing this in his 1,520th career game. His two-run, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning proved pivotal, propelling the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.

Boone expressed his excitement by describing the hit as a ball with the characteristics of being very “G-esque,” noting that not many people hit like that. He also referred to it as an absolute missile that cleared the bullpen. Boone added that the milestone of reaching 400 home runs was a special number and believed it should be celebrated.

Giancarlo Stanton remarked that achieving this milestone was a noteworthy accomplishment. He mentioned that when he first started his baseball career, he didn’t have a specific number in mind, but he found it cool to have reached this point now.

Giancarlo Stanton achieved this milestone more rapidly than all players except Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez. In becoming the 10th player to reach this milestone as a Yankee, He acknowledged the cheering fans with a curtain call, raising his helmet in gratitude as the crowd rose and applauded.

During the moment, Anthony Volpe called a timeout at the plate, affording Stanton a little extra time to bask in the recognition. While this season has lacked the dramatic home runs he’s known for – hitting 22 compared to last year’s 31 in 110 games – the 116.8 mph blast allowed him a brief opportunity to contemplate the achievement.

Giancarlo Stanton responds to a roll call by Yankees fans on Sept 5, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.
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In a familiar display of his power, Stanton smashed a characteristic home run into the bleachers above the left-center bullpen with two outs and a runner on base. This hit broke a 1-1 tie and underscored his determination to prove his value as the season winds down.

To ensure that this significant moment resonated with the fans, Anthony Volpe called for a timeout before stepping up to the plate. This pause allowed ample time for the achievement to be displayed on the jumbotron, and Giancarlo Stanton received a well-deserved curtain call.

Considering the challenging season the Yankees have endured, including Giancarlo Stanton, who is currently batting just .205, Aaron Boone made sure to acknowledge the standing ovation, highlighting the significance of this accomplishment.

The manager expressed that it had been very gratifying to witness him have that moment, and he noted that it occurred in a crucial juncture of the game.

Yankees Gerrit Cole celebrates as Stanton hit his 400th homer vs. theTigers at Yankee Stadium on Sept 5, 2023.
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Giancarlo Stanton’s home run contributed to Gerrit Cole securing a victory, prompting the Yankees’ ace to reminisce about their earlier days in the league. At that time, Cole was with the Pirates, and Stanton was a Marlin. They engaged in a conversation during batting practice before one of Cole’s starts, where Stanton requested a straight fastball that he assured Cole he would hit to right field in an effort to regain his hitting form.

Cole agreed to the request, but Giancarlo Stanton, according to Cole, went back on his word and instead smashed a home run to the left side.

“He just totally redeemed himself tonight, getting me that win,” Cole said.

Giancarlo Stanton has been on a home run streak recently, hitting three homers in his last five games. Despite a challenging season that has impacted his reputation (with a 94 OPS+), he’s only 33 years old and is committed to the Yankees for the foreseeable future. Regardless of the challenges he’s faced, Giancarlo Stanton still possesses the ability to launch home runs with high exit velocities. Tuesday’s home run marked his 22nd of the season, albeit in a shortened campaign, and was the 400th of his illustrious career.

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