Giancarlo Stanton hits baseballs as far as possible for a living. He happens to be very, very good at it, and gets paid accordingly. It's basically his thing -- well, that and bearing a startling resemblance to some unholy new member of the X-Men. All of which is to say that it takes a lot for him to really shock us at this point. He's raised the bar for himself such that he can, say, try to put a hole in a scoreboard and we'll all just sort of go along with it.
What Stanton did against the Dodgers on Tuesday, though ... well, just look at this madness (note: you should probably make sure you're sitting down):
If it makes you feel any better, professional baseball players were as dumbfounded as you are. This was Dan Haren's reaction, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro: "That was amazing," Haren said. "It happens a lot in batting practice, but it's different during the game, the weather cools down. It's quite a bit tougher."
Even the Dodgers outfield had to stop and take in the majesty of it all:
OK, deep breath. According to Statcast, that ball traveled a projected 475 feet with an exit velocity of 114 mph. And, sure, he joins a short list of people to ever hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium: Mark McGwire in May of '99, Mike Piazza in September of '97 and Willie Stargell, who did it twice, including a 506-foot (!!) bomb in 1969.
One of those guys even chimed in to express his admiration of the homer:
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
But let's just try to remain rational about this.
... actually, no, that's not nearly as fun. Since Stanton seems to enjoy constantly outdoing himself, we'll go ahead and queue up the "Giancarlo Stanton just hit a baseball into the Pacific Ocean" post, set for some time in August. Your move, Giancarlo.