On the Hot Seat with Giancarlo Stanton
Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has been one of the best power hitters in the game since he broke into the bigs as a 20-year-old. Let’s see how he handles the Hot Seat with Baseball Youth’s Kid Reporter Haley Smilow firing questions at him!
Haley: What is your favorite ballpark other then Marlins Park? And is there a ballpark that you feel you play particularly well in?
Giancarlo: I play very well in Denver, and my favorite ballpark is probably L.A. because I grew up watching the Dodgers play.
Haley: What is the best baseball town in America?
Giancarlo: Miami, of course (chuckles about answer).
Haley: Where does your love of baseball come from?
Giancarlo:Ever since I was a kid my dad would take me to the park and throw as many pitches as I wanted, and I would hit it as far as I could and just doing that and being with him was cool.
Haley: Best advice anyone ever gave you?
Giancarlo: Never change and always be the same. Always work hard and never give up.
Haley: People who influenced you the most?
Giancarlo: My dad and everyone around me. You can learn from everyone so I try and take a little bit from everyone.
Haley: If you were not playing Baseball what else could you see yourself doing?
Giancarlo: Playing football.
Haley: What team you think you would play for?
Giancarlo:Probably like the Patriots.
Haley: What super hero would make the best baseball player and why?
Giancarlo: What super hero has a stick? Someone who could read minds so you know what pitch is coming.
Haley: What is your favorite thing to cook?
Giancarlo: Steak and fried eggs.
Haley: Best baseball movie?
Giancarlo: Major League.
Haley: Top five songs on your iPod?
Giancarlo: “Hypnotize” by Notorious BIG, “This or That” by Black Sheep. Lets see here, what are your top five songs? (Laughing together)
Haley: I don’t update it a lot so I don’t know, but pretty much anything that’s on the pop radio stations.
Haley: What are your walk up songs?
Giancarlo: “Versace” by Drake and “Clique” by Rick Ross.
Haley: What is the best way to break in a new glove?
Giancarlo: You have to oil it up a little bit and just play catch with it.
Haley: Which is better, Stickball or Wiffle ball?
Giancarlo: Wiffle ball for sure.
Haley: If you could change one thing about baseball what would it be?
Giancarlo: Either instant replay or having a DH in the National League.
Haley: What is the best practical joke you have ever seen? Have you been a victim of any practical jokes?
Giancarlo: I have had someone put eye black in my hat before, and you put it on and you can’t see it, and you have it all over your forehead.
Haley: Have you ever done any practical jokes?
Giancarlo: Yeah, we have wrapped clothes up and dipped them in water and then in the freezer. That’s a good one.
Haley: What advice would you give kids?
Giancarlo: The same advice I got. Never give up! If you start something, finish it!