Giancarlo Stanton smashed two more home runs, so let's investigate the reactions
No, you haven't become trapped in a kind of baseball-related "Groundhog Day." Giancarlo Stanton really did hit two more home runs during the Marlins' 8-6 victory over the Padres on Friday, giving him an absurd 49 on the season. With one more dinger, Stanton will beome the first player since Chris Davis in 2013 to reach the half-century mark and he may pull it off before August is even over.
Naturally, he was feeling good before the game even began:
With an 0-1 count in the first inning, Stanton -- with 'Cruz' written on the back of jersey for Players Weekend -- smashed Travis Wood's offering onto the concourse in left field. Fans threw their arms up in celebration and raced after Stanton's hardest-hit homer in 2017:
As Dee Gordon, rounded the bases, he could only shake his head and smile.
That's the same reaction you'd have to your brother tripping over the top step for the eighth day in a row. Stanton's home runs are now routine.
"It was just like, this guy is amazing," Gordon told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro after the game. "I was like, 'Oh my God, this guy is amazing.'"
Of course, Marcell Ozuna's face showed that, while it may have become routine, it's no less jaw-droppingly-impressive:
"That was loud, unbelievable," Ozuna said.
After making a great diving grab in the top of the second, Stanton was back at the plate in the bottom of the third. And once again he smashed a deep drive, this one just clearing the fence in right-center.
Wood didn't bother turning around. What's the point? The ball is going to carry ... and carry ... and carry when it's off Stanton's bat.
Even the fans behind home plate simply craned their heads up and took a sip of water, rather than leaping from their seats. They're used to this kind of thing.
Despite Jabari Blash's best attempts at robbing Stanton of the ball, he could do nothing but wind up in a relaxed posture. At this point, maybe outfielders should simply sit down when Mr. Home Run walks to the plate.
Back in the dugout, though, it was time to celebrate again:
With 49 home runs in 127 team games, Stanton is now on pace to smash 63 home runs this year. But, if he maintains the pace he's had since July 1 -- homering 28 times in 48 games -- he'd finish the year with 69 dingers. That sounds impossible, but then again everything Stanton does when he hits the ball is pretty impossible.