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MLB Slugger Giancarlo Stanton Shares Awesome Story About Home Run Hit Out of Dodger Stadium

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.

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. 

Our ballpark.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Giancarlo Stanton, who went by the name Mike, when at my Alma Mater, Notre Dame HS,
    was an amazing athlete… Excellent football player, he was recruited with a full football scholarship to USC. Instead, he signed a baseball contract. He is an amazing talent. I was hoping he could one day play for the BLUE.
    Hitting a ball out of Dodger Stadium is no easy feat…
    I would love to have the Dodgers meet Giancarlo & the Pin Strikes in the World Series.

  2. Frank Howard never hit one out of Dodger Stadium, Stargell (2 times), Piazza, McGuire and Stanton. I do believe Howard hit a home that landed in the reserved level in the 1963 WS.

  3. don’t scoff at Mike Bolsinger, we needed him badly for the first half of that year. was that when Greinke was recovering from a broken collarbone? Bolsinger was very solid for us, for about a dozen starts. He was crucial, if only for a moment. Cool guy too

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