In May of 2015, the Dodgers were playing the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. The legend Mike Bolsinger got the start for Los Angeles against a powerful Marlins team featuring sluggers Christian Yelich, Marcel Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton.
The oft-injured right fielder Stanton stepped into the box with two out in the first inning and unloaded on a 0-1 pitch from Bolsinger.
And unloaded may be an understatement… take a look.
It was the fourth ball ever hit out of Dodger Stadium. I was there that night and honestly, I’m still not sure that ball has come down.
It was the only Marlin highlight of the night as they went on to lose by a final of 11-1. However, for Stanton, it was the fulfilment of a promise he made to his father years before.
The now-Yankees slugger was born in Panorama City, California. Moreover, it’s fairly well documented that he grew up going to games at Dodger Stadium. On the five-year anniversary of this monster shot, the man had an incredible story to tell.
I was 10-years-old running after batting practice home runs in the left field bleachers of [Dodger] stadium. Fascinated by the woahs & ahhs of the crowd when they were hit. I told my dad that night I’m going to hit one completely out of this stadium so I can see their reaction. He laughed & said now that would be something. I said you WATCH!
I hit 4 over the fence little league homers in my life at this point. Three people had ever hit it out of this stadium and I have 4 homers so I’ll be the fourth was probably my logic. Kids say some wild things but I was dead serious. I thought about it every time I’d go there after that.
His story wasn’t over there.
So since I didn’t see it land & i heard a buzz of cheering, I peaked to see if the ball got thrown back which usually sparks cheers. Then the realization Came around 3rd base of what I might’ve just done. I couldn’t believe it, just put my head down with that memory replaying
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) May 13, 2020
Usually, you don’t want to highlight the bad guys doing bad things against the Dodgers on a site called Dodgers Nation, but this was an exception. Deep at his core, he’s like all of us… he’s a Dodger fan. He just so happens to be wearing the wrong uniform for money. And on May 12, 2015, he did something extraordinary at the ballpark he grew up going to.