There’s a new moon orbiting Jupiter.
Giancarlo Stanton launched a baseball into the next county Thursday, sending the sphere into the heavens and over the roof of the Marlins clubhouse on the other side of the left-field wall.
“Whoever hit this must have been mad,” said Terrence Floyd, who was minding his own business in the clubhouse picnic grove when the ball re-entered earth atmosphere.
Floyd, a friend of Marlins pitcher Edwin Jackson, was casually biding his time on the other side of the clubhouse when he heard the ball make its landing.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Floyd said. “It didn’t really scare me. I just thought, I must be hearing something, because I could have sworn I heard a baseball. And then I looked up and it was right there.”
Stanton is known as baseball’s biggest bopper, at least in terms of tape-measure shots, and he didn’t disappoint Thursday when he belted his second home run in two days.
Only Thursday’s shot off Twins left-hander Tommy Milone was a monster.
“There’s baseballs in courtyards and parking lots all over the country from that guy,” Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich said.
Marlins third baseman Martin Prado said that he can only pretend to hit a ball as far as Stanton.
“That was a nice bomb,” Stanton said. “It felt nice.”
Stanton hit a scorching line drive earlier in the game that carried all the way to deep center and nearly ripped the fielder’s arm off as he reached up to make the catch.
Comparing the two, Stanton said: “In terms of the line drive, it feels like the ball is heavier [as it strikes the bat]. When you hit a ball high with backspin, it’s more like a clip, where you feel it way less. It’s more you don’t feel it too much until you see the result of it.”