267 home runs, 672 RBI, four All-Star Game appearances, two Silver Sluggers, one MVP award, and surviving a pitch to the face — Giancarlo Stanton truly accomplished a whole lot individually for the cheap-ass Florida/Miami Marlins in his eight-year run with the team.
Stanton made his return to Miami for the first time since the blockbuster offseason trade Monday, and as one would expect, he received a thunderous ovation from the crowd at Marlins Park. Sure. Like 95 percent of the crowd consisted of Yankees fans who live in Florida, but there were some Marlins fans — possibly 12 — there to give the man they used to call Mike some love:
Giancarlo Stanton receives a warm welcome in his return to Miami. pic.twitter.com/rvHLtmKdgZ
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 21, 2018
For what it’s worth, I tried to give Marlins fans the benefit of the doubt before writing up this blog. But an IG search at Marlins Park resulted in mostly pinstripes:
Stanton is 2-4 with a double in his return game thus far. We’ll update this post if he blows up the garish sculpture everyone hates with a home run.