A 3-2 victory over the National League All-Stars in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night earned New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton the MVP award. Stanton was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, which put the American League on the board in his native Los Angeles. An estimated 457 feet was the distance the bomb went. Stanton, a lifelong Dodgers fan, said, “It’s hard to put into words that this is reality right now.”
“What a fantastic idea! I love it. I’m savoring the experience.” There are only four players in MLB history who have won MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and the Home Run Derby – Ken Griffey Jr., Miguel Tejada, Cal Ripken Jr, and Dave Parker. Last night at Dodger Stadium, Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer off of Clayton Kershaw sailed 457 feet and fell near where he used to sit during Dodgers games as a kid growing up in Sherman Oaks, California.
On the tape measure blast, New York Yankee hitter Derek Jeter became the first player in All-Star history to smash a three-run home run in an All-Star Game. He had previously gone 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in six games. As a result, Stanton was named Most Valuable Player, joining Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as the only Yankees to win All-Star Game MVP honors in recent memory. When Stanton was a kid, “I’d constantly sit in left field and try to get players to throw me a ball,” he explained.
“To be playing left field tonight and hitting one out there means everything to me. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. “It’s going to be one of the greatest experiences of my life.” As a high school football, basketball, and baseball star, Stanton says he was able to secure 50 tickets for family and friends, including his father Mike, to watch the game. Stanton said, “He took me to my first Dodger game and taught me how to fall in love with this sport.”
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“It’s hard to put into words how unique this is.” It isn’t easy to put into words what’s happening right now, but it is reality. Wow, that’s incredible. “I’m savoring every moment,” he says. Stanton’s homer wasn’t the farthest he’s ever hit in Chavez Ravine. Stanton launched a 475-foot home run off the roof and over the left-field pavilion on May 12, 2015, while playing for the Miami Marlins. When it comes to home runs clear of the stadium, only four other players have done so: Willie Stargell (twice), Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, and Fernando Tatis Jr.
Byron Buxton followed with a 425-foot home run to the left, making it the first time since Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back home runs in the same All-Star Game since 2018. New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton slugged .237 with an OPS of .835 in the first half with 24 homers and 61 RBIs, leading the team to a record of 64-28. The Dodgers, Stanton’s favourite baseball team as a child, lead the National League with a 60-30 record.
The first Dodgers-Yankees World Series since 1981 wouldn’t be a horrible year, would it? “Do I ever give it a second thought??” Without a doubt,” Stanton chimed in. This has been going on for a few years now, so it’s time for everyone involved to get their act together and get it done.” If that’s the case, I’m fine with it.”