Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Coach Tom Dill was getting lots of phone calls on Monday after reports that his former outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, had agreed to terms on a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins.
Stanton was a football-basketball-baseball standout at Notre Dame before becoming a second-round draft pick of the Marlins and turning down USC for football.
Dill remembers scouts being uncertain about Stanton’s future.
“We always knew he was special,” Dill said. “You should have heard our coaching staff. We think you’re missing one. We think he can hit a curveball. The other was he hasn’t played enough baseball to take a chance. He could hit a curveball.”
As for how Stanton might handle the pressure of a record contract, Dill said, “This is a great kid. I appreciate he does things the right way. I’m thrilled for him. I know there’s a lot of pressure that goes with that contract. I’m confident he’ll be the same Giancarlo he’s always going to be.”