Posted: 11:24 pm Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
By Joe Capozzi
And you thought you were impressed with Mike Stanton’s long home run tonight? Hanley Ramirez thinks it might have traveled “close to 500″ feet.
I doubt it went that far. But it was far. Very far. Just listen to Hanley:
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez might know Stanton the best of anyone in the dugout. Edwin managed Stanton in 2008.
“His makeup that’s what amazes me. He works hard. He doesn’t want to waste any day. He wants to get better every day. He’s out there trying to get better every day,” Rodriguez said.
“Today he went 5-for-5, and I assure tomorrow he’s going to be in the cages working with John Mallee, the hitting coach, maybe because he missed one pitch and he wants to work on that pitch that he missed. He’s that kind of player.”
After the game, Stanton walked past reporters without talking to them, saying only: “Work-out time!”
About 20 minutes later, he came back and answered questions.
Told about Rodriguez’s comment that he’ll probably work hard tomorrow with Mallee, Stanton replied, “He’s right. No matter how good a game you have, you can always get a better at something.”
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said of Stanton: “He is some kind of good-looking player.”
To me, Stanton’s most impressive hit might’ve been his single — the one he scorched so hard that shortstop Ian Desmond juggled it several times before the ball dropped into shallow left field.
That hit illustrates an inside joke among some of the Marlins writers, who have compared Stanton’s uncanny talent to Herman Munster in a memorable episode.
You all know who Herman Munster is, right? Here’s a Stanton-esque classic clip featuring Leo Durocher. (Pay attention from 2:50 on….):