Giancarlo Stanton Gets Thrown Out At Home After Hilariously Poor Baserunning Effort

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The New York Yankees won Saturday’s game against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros, no thanks to the effort from Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton has had to deal with numerous hamstring injuries throughout his career; especially this season. And while it makes sense to be protective of your health, the effort and speed he put into trying to score during Saturday’s game was…disappointing.

With the Astros and Yankees tied at one in the bottom of the third inning, two outs and Stanton on second base, D.J. LeMahieu laced a single to right field. Yankees third base coach Luis Rojas gave Stanton a depressingly necessary wave home.

It did not go well.

Stanton looked like he was moving in slow motion, jogging at half speed. Unsurprisingly, he was thrown out by several feet, not even requiring a tag from catcher Martin Maldonado.

Yeah, that’s not what you want to see.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 02: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stanton’s Effort Leaves Something To Be Desired

Yankees manager Aaron Boone addressed the play after the game, saying Stanton is healthy, even with the exceptionally slow “running.”

Naturally, Yankees fans noticed, with one Twitter user responding to a highlight with “He’s actually jogging LMFAOO.”

Others compared it to the embarrassing Somali runner situation.


While the play was undeniably hilarious, it does raise some sincere questions.

If Stanton’s unable to run harder and preserve his health, why is he even playing? If he’s “healthy,” as Boone claims, why isn’t he giving more effort on a potentially game-changing play?

The final score of Saturday’s game was just 3-1, and with Verlander pitching, runs were clearly at a premium. Stanton’s effort wound up not costing his team, but with the Yankees in last place, clinging to dim wild card hopes, it certainly could have.

Sure enough, they pinch ran for him later in the game after hitting a single.

Regardless, if this is how he’s going to run the rest of the season, every Stanton baserunning opportunity will be must-see TV. At least if you like comedy and aren’t a Yankees fan.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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  1. There is absolutely no way that Boone and Cashman survive this season, unless ownership are completely out to lunch. This is just more proof of Boone being unable to do the job. Stanton gets paid a trillion dollars and can’t be assed to put any effort in for his skipper. Well, jettison the skipper, then. There is years of evidence of the Boone-Cashman inadequacy at this point.

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