Giancarlo Stanton, a Major League Baseball player for the Miami Marlins, returned on Feb. 5 to his high school, Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks. And on that night in the Southern California Valley area, baseballs were hit hard enough to leave the galaxy.
Stanton was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft to the Marlins. Since Stanton’s career began, he has been named an All-Star on two occasions (2012 and 2014), and won the Silver Slugger this past year (2014 season). His potential knows no limits.
As a high schooler, Stanton was a multi-sport athlete. All CIF recognition was just a preview of the excellence Stanton would carry along with him. In many ways, Giancarlo Stanton is a modern day Dave Winfield, who is a member of baseball’s MLB Hall of Fame. To be a top prospect in high school in multiple sports is an anomaly to say the least.
Stanton’s success and hard work has earned him the most lucrative contract in North American sports history. The big bucks were rolled in this off-season as Stanton secured a $325-million contract in a 13-year deal.
Yes, he is 25. And yes, he is a Notre Dame Alum.
He returned to Notre Dame for a commercial shoot. Those in attendance witnessed a hitting display for the ages. Balls were parked hundreds of feet from home plate at the Notre Dame Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Some even left the Notre Dame property and landed in the adjacent Riverside Drive.
After his work was done, I caught up with El Dinero Hombre for a few questions. These questions and much more are in the video above.