By this point, we all know that the rhetoric about the Home Run Derby ruining a player's swing is empty and meaningless. Let's take a look at exhibit A: Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton began his Monday evening by doing what he does second-best, allowing Jerad Eickhoff to fall behind 2-0. He then capped it off doing what he does first-best, hitting a line drive home run into the stands - a ball that would have traveled 441 feet if architects didn't put a pesky scoreboard in the way.
In one frame, Stanton is in his batting stance; in the next, the slugger is already admiring his work. That's how fast his bat clears the zone. With the blast, Stanton now has sole possession of the National League home run title, leaving Cody Bellinger and Joey Votto tied for second.
By the fifth inning, Stanton was poised to offer a counterargument to his first thesis: that the best home run is a line drive.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a towering fly ball beyond the wall in left-center for his second homer of the game in the 5th inning!!! #LetsGoFish pic.twitter.com/KoEBRKpEbM— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) July 18, 2017
Stanton took the first pitch he saw for a towering, majestic shot that cleared the left-center wall, bombarding some oddly willing fans. The big fly - Stanton's 28th - extended his lead over the National League.
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