Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam on Monday.
Big deal, right? Guys hit a lot of grand slams. This one wasn't even a walkoff shot or anything. Sure, it came off Methusal... err, Jamie Moyer, and there's probably a record there for biggest gap in age between a pitcher and the hitter who poked a slam off him, but that's not what made it special. Nope, there are three other things made Stanton's slam worth noting:
One, it set a record for the fastest recorded speed of a ball off a bat at 122.4 mph. They only started keeping track of that back in 2006, but before Giancarlo the previous record was held by David Ortiz, and Stanton beat it by about 10 mph. It essentially means the ball left Stanton's bat with a bit more velocity than a first serve leaves Roger Federer's racquet.
Two, Stanton's now tied with a few other guys for the most grand slams (four) before the age of 23. The three players he's tied with? Just Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Mathews, and, oh yeah, Ted Williams.