Giancarlo Stanton breaks the scoreboard after being caught during the Yankees-Astros

Giancarlo Stanton is much more known for having a powerful bat than for being a quality defender in the outfield. In Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros (-1.5) on Wednesday, he showed he had some defensive skill when he needed it. And in the process, he also showed that he could be stronger than he thinks.

After Houston’s Yuli Gurriel threw a shot into left field, Stanton had to go back and make a hard catch over his head. What he did, and it was impressive. Kudos to him! But as he tried to stop his momentum towards the back wall, Stanton accidentally broke the Houston Stadium scoreboard with his hand. (Note: Stanton is 6’6″ and weighs 245 lbs.)

Uh, oops?

Eh. To be fair to Stanton, this dash doesn’t feel very strong if it can collapse the moment a player touches it with minimal force.

Let’s look at an angle of unfortunate consequences:

Thanks to Stanton and Harrison Bader for at least trying to clean up the mess. Although this doesn’t seem to work entirely:

I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a baseball player so strong that they actually break a dashboard just by accidentally pressing on it. In Stanton’s case, I’m sure he’ll still take the right take if it means he causes another general mayhem in the outfield.

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