Giancarlo Stanton poses in body paint for Sports Illustrated cover (photo)
Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract during the offseason that is the largest, in both length and value, in the history of baseball. Not only that, when the Miami Marlins slugger put pen to paper to sign the 13-year, $325 million extension, he became the owner of the biggest contract in sports history.
Stanton obviously — and deservedly — is one of the biggest superstars in Major League Baseball, so, with spring training upon us, Sports Illustrated decided to put him on this week’s national cover … in body paint.
This week's national cover: @Marlins slugger @Giancarlo818 is no paint-by-numbers star http://t.co/amCQTykcbw pic.twitter.com/RP7zt5DGep
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 25, 2015
Getting Stanton all done up in a body paint jersey apparently took artist Joanne Gair about 15 hours, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The shoot was done by renowned photographer Walter Iooss, Jr.
Given that Stanton previously made an appearance in ESPN The Magazine‘s “Body Issue,” the body paint bit probably wasn’t too uncomfortable for him.
Still, it’s quite the look — far better than the last time we saw him wearing a Marlins uniform of any kind, body paint or otherwise. But that goes without saying.
As noted by Hardball Talka, there are probably a ton of meatheads who will complain about Stanton’s body paint cover who gleefully celebrate when a model pulls of the same look in the “Swimsuit Issue.”
(photo credit: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)