You may never see such deep-seeded hatred ever but watch Mike Stanton play baseball and you’ll get it. This kid can flat out hit. Monster shots and total bombs all over the field. The torque he generates in his swing is enough to bottle and use at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. But, there is a story to it.
When Mike was a kid, he used to play football and basketball. He cherished the days outside with friends, competing, getting dirty, having fun. One day, after school he was bullied. Yes, bullied. Hard to believe but this twitchy, angry little thing came over and threatened Mike Stanton for his lunch money, or else. It was none other than Mr. Baseball’s evil twin, the desperado Senor Beisbol.
Mike Stanton never forgot those days. Instead, he vowed revenge on his hated foe. Never again would he let another seemingly small and inanimate object push him around. He was psychologically tortured. He withdrew from friends. He no longer went outside to play football and basketball with friends. Instead he started heading into the local batting cage, mumbling something about knocking the silly mustache off his face. No one knew what he meant and no one believed him. Yet Mike Stanton vowed he would one day get even with Senor Beisbol. He vowed to grow up big and strong and play in the big leagues and hopefully, one day, find Senor Beisbol and crush him.
To this day, he is still searching. But his anger still seeps within as he damages and mashes any ball thrown towards him in the hopes that it is his chance meeting with his long-hated enemy.
In the meantime, the Marlins are happy with his ability to kill baseballs. It is making him one of the most dangerous young hitters in the game. The hope is that they never find Senor Beisbol because, what will Mike Stanton do once he achieves his life-long goal for revenge? Will he still continue to hit baseballs with the same prejudice? Or is it back to playing football and basketball with friends, hanging up his baseball cleats for good.
Let’s hope we never find out. Senor Beisbol certainly doesn’t.