Stanton would welcome facing Winston

JUPITER, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton had a first-hand look at Florida State’s game-winning touchdown drive, which clinched the National Championship for the Seminoles.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston also is a pitcher at FSU.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston also is a pitcher at FSU.

The Marlins slugger, who lives in the Los Angeles area, had 50-yard-line seats at the Rose Bowl for the BCS title game, won by FSU over Auburn in a last-second thriller.

A football standout in high school, Stanton turned down an opportunity to play at the University of Southern California to play baseball.

At the title game, Stanton got a good look at Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who threw the last-second touchdown pass.

Like Stanton, Winston is a multi-sport standout. Along with being FSU’s quarterback, Winston also is a closer on the Seminoles’ baseball team.

“I did see that,” Stanton said.

The advice Stanton gives Winston is to take good care of his arm.

“I understand being competitive and stuff, but that’s a long season,” Stanton said. “I hope he’s taking care of it.”

Winston is open to pursuing professional football and baseball careers.

So there could someday be the chance Stanton steps into the box to face Winston.

“It would be cool,” Stanton said. “I haven’t seen him throw, really. I’ve seen him throw from the outfield, and he’s got an arm.”

Stanton did witness Winston’s crowning moment, winning the football title.

“I didn’t storm the field, though,” he said.

Joe Frisaro

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