Welcome to Flippin’ Sweet, where Locked On Yankees’ resident bat flip experts analyze a recent Yankees bat flip, with GIF help from Max Wildstein. Let’s look back at Giancarlo Stanton’s home run off Mike Fiers.
Matt Gregory: We are back this week and boy do we have a fun one. Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Fiers, Russell can you set us up, maybe some back story?
Russell Steinberg: Yeah, so these two have a history. Long before Stanton’s home run — long before either player joined their current team, in fact. Fiers is the pitcher who, as a Brewer, hit Stanton in the face in 2014, causing the Miami slugger to miss the remainder of the season and giving baseball fans everywhere quite a scare.
Last Monday when these two met, Stanton was plunked again, though Stanton admits this was not intentional. That set up the home run we are here to discuss.
MG: I have a certain amount of sympathy for Stanton here. The pitch that hit him was not too far away from his head and given that Giancarlo now wears the C flap because of Fiers, I think his frustration is warranted. Also, full disclosure, I am a major Giancarlo Stanton fan since the time when he was known the Mike Stanton. But as Meek Mill once said: There’s levels to this.
RS: I’m not sure it’s frustration so much as the gratification of hitting a BOMB off the guy who could have, reasonably, ended your career with one pitch a few years ago. The look in Stanton’s eyes as he watches it go screams vindication to me.
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