Why Giancarlo Stanton's broken hand sucks for baseball
Home runs put fans in the seats and injects interest into baseball — something that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was doing with feverous ferocity this summer. He could hit a baseball harder than the best hitter in the game and further than the strongest slugger, and he was reminding fans of players from eras past.
Beyond that, Stanton is a a statue waiting to be built, as he's tall, handsome and fantastic at the game of baseball.
That's what the game is all about, looking back into the past and reveling in what used to be and how it relates to today. Giancarlo Stanton was doing that in regards to his hitting power, but he's also reminding us how unfair the game can be to the fans.
According to reports, Stanton has a broken bone in his hand which will almost certainly derail his quest to win the MVP.
This sucks — and there is literally no other way to say it. For some reason, baseball fans have put so much into their sport for almost 200 years and they still can't have nice things.
What sin is this penance for?
Losing Giancarlo Stanton hurts the Marlins more than it hurts baseball as a whole, but it's still the worst thing to happen to the sport all season long. Not only was Stanton an MVP candidate, and a leading one at that, but he was making baseball exciting for once in a very long time.
We all love to harp on the summer of 1998 for being tainted by steroids, but were we not entertained up to that point? We were, wholesomely and handsomely, entertained by the home run race that occurred that summer and we were entertained again when Barry Bonds was blasting bombs a few years later.
Stanton was doing the same thing this summer, but he was doing it clean — as far as we know.
Home runs are exciting, and Stanton could hit them harder and farther than anyone else. Losing him to injury for a second straight season is so unfair to baseball fans, it makes us wonder what we did to deserve this torture. While Stanton reminds fans of players from eras past, his broken jaw in 2014 and broken hand in 2015 is a painful reminder of players who never fully lived up to their potentials thanks to various injuries.
Stanton is baseball's most exciting player and now he's going to be as bored sitting on the sidelines as the rest of us.
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