Marlins rookie outfielder Mike Stanton was named NL Player of the Week
. He was given the honor after bludgeoning the Nationals and Reds collective pitching staffs last week using only his bat and his boyish good looks. Stanton collected a total of eight hits and six RBI in a three-game series against Washington, including going five-for-five in one game. In all, he hit four home runs and five doubles, scored five runs, and got eight RBI in six games played. That's Stantastic!
The 20-year-old Stanton became the second-youngest player in Major League history to finish with at least five hits and four RBI in a single game and joined Gary Sheffield, Miguel Cabrera, Chuck Carr, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Juan Pierre as Marlins players who have recorded five-hit games.
"It's definitely a very cool award. It's a surprise for sure,'' said Stanton, who went 14 for 24 (.583) with four homers.
Badassedness and humility go hand in hand, apparently.
Stanton is proving night after night he'll be a star in this league, except without all the assholishness that usually accompanies star baseball players. The guy can hit, field, run, throw, and probably catch bullets with his teeth à la The Last Dragon. But it's his trademark humility and ability to shrug off weekly awards that takes him over-the-top. The guy isn't about accolades. He's about hard work, humility, and showing up every day with the right attitude. That, and mashing the shit out of baseballs.