DENVER -- Giancarlo Stanton set a Major League record on the first swing of his first at-bat Saturday when he hit a three-run home run that cleared the left-field stands at Coors Field and landed on the concourse. He became the first big leaguer to hit a home run in his first six games in one ballpark.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, three other Major Leaguers have hit a home run in their first five games in one ballpark -- Johnny Grubb at Fenway Park in 1978, Matt Nokes at Anaheim Stadium in 1987, and Matt Stairs at Citizens Bank Park in 2004 (two games) and 2007 (three games). Stanton is the first visiting player to homer in six straight games in one ballpark since Travis Hafner of the Indians did it at Tropicana Field from 2005-07.
Rockies officials estimated that Stanton's home run, his 24th of the season, went an estimated 448 feet. On Friday, he hit the longest home run of the season at Coors Field, a blast just to the left of straightaway center field that landed four rows from the top of the center-field bleachers, an estimated 474 feet from home plate.
After Friday's game, Stanton said he liked the forest green background here, which quite literally has some forest elements. There is ivy growing on the batter's eye, and in front of it is a grove of pine and spruce trees, representative of Colorado.
"I will tell Mr. Loria that, so we put that back home," manager Ozzie Guillen said, referring to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes said Stanton "is going to hit 45, 50 home runs every year if he can play every day, no injuries."
Stanton preferred not to say after Friday's game how many home runs he might hit if he played half his games at Coors Field. Guillen didn't get specific about a figure before Saturday's game, other than to say, "You'd see the longest home run ever hit in this ballpark in one of those at-bats. There's no doubt. Because when this kid puts the barrel of the bat [on the ball], it's pretty dramatic."
The longest home run at Coors Field went an estimated 496 feet hit by Mike Piazza of the Dodgers on Sept. 26, 1997. The ball struck a billboard in left-center.