Grand slam knocks out Marlins Park scoreboard
Updated On: May 24 2012 10:48:24 AM EDT
The scoreboard at Marlins Ballpark is working again after a grand slam home run by Giancarlo Stanton temporarily knocked it out Monday.
Stanton’s monster home run in the fourth inning Monday night definitely knocked out the Colorado Rockies who lost a lead they wouldn't recover.
"When he hit the ball, fans were standing up, you knew it was going right away. He hit a rocket," said Larry Blocker, the Marlins’ Director of Game Presentation who manages the scoreboards and content displayed on the big screens. Blocker said his excitement over the grand slam quickly turned to panic when he realized a giant section of the LED panel was dark.
"That board is primarily put in for the fans that can’t see the main scoreboard -- fans sitting in the home run porch out in right field -- so they can get all the statistically information that baseball fans want to have," Blocker said.
The 20 by 50 foot big screen is perched high above left field, a place that's generally safe from most home runs, but not Stanton's 438-foot bomb.
Local 10's Roger Lohse climbed up to see for himself just how grand of slam it was and found out it was a lucky shot, for the scoreboard.
Field service engineer Bryan Clark says the ball just knocked out one of the cables that feeds data to the multi panel screen.
So it was an easy fix?" Lohse asked.
"Yep, it took us two minutes. Once we found it, we plugged it in and we were good," Clark replied.
Stanton has a well deserved reputation as one of the leagues power hitters and the 22-year-old makes no apologies for putting a few dings in the Marlins new stadium.
"I mean, they put it up there as a target, past left field, so if it’s going to be up there, it’s going to be hit," Stanton told Lohse.
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