On Tuesday night, Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton came to bat in the top of the first inning and promptly hit a home run that left Dodger Stadium.
The 475-foot blast bounced off the awning covering the pavilion and became just the fourth player to accomplish the feat. Current Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire did so as a St. Louis Cardinal back in 1999, but there’s only been one Dodger to do so and that was catcher Mike Piazza. The former Dodger Rookie of the Year hit one off the awning in 1997 that traveled an estimated 478 feet.
Piazza took to Twitter after seeing Stanton’s blast and reminisced a bit on his home run:
Loved watching @Giancarlo818 bomb last night. Brought back memories, looked like similar pitch I hit, tough to drive fast ball That high.
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31) May 13, 2015
Here’s video of Piazza’s monstrous shot:
The other player to clear the stadium was Willie Stargell, who cleared the awning and became the longest home run in Dodger Stadium history at 506 feet.
As for the rest of the game on Monday, the Dodgers went on to win 11-1 behind 21 hits from the offense. Bolsinger later laughed off the home run and discussed how he got past it to continue to pitch.
Mike Bolsinger Laughs Off Stanton’s Blast