WATCH: Giancarlo Stanton gets standing ovation in return to Miami

By Vincent Frank

For a good eight seasons, reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton was the face of the Miami Marlins’ franchise. Seen as one of the greatest players in the organization’s history, Stanton dominated to the tune of 267 homers during that span.

For the first time since he was dealt to the New York Yankees in a blockbuster trade this past winter, Stanton has returned to Miami.

With his Yanks starting a two-game set against the Marlins in South Beach on Tuesday, Stanton received a huge standing ovation from his former hometown fans.

It really was something to behold.

As we can see, Stanton acknowledged the ovation. He waived to the fans before pointing to his heart as to show some warm embrace.

Thus far in his first season with the Yankees, Stanton is hitting .285 with 32 homers and 80 RBI for a championship contending team. Meanwhile, the rebuilding Marlins entered Tuesday’s action with a 50-76 record and in last place in the NL East.

At the very least, they had something to cheer about Tuesday evening.