With Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton in range to eclipse Yankees great Roger Maris' 61 home runs in 1961, Roger Maris Jr. is watching intently.
Maris' record has been broken before with Barry Bonds belting 73 homers in 2001, and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa each breaking it three times in their career. However, all three players were on steroids, and in Maris Jr.'s mind, it doesn't count.
If Stanton breaks his father's record, it will be the real deal which is why he is following the Marlins' slugger as the season comes to a close.
"We are following Stanton and marveling at everything he has accomplished," Maris Jr. told The Post's Kevin Kernan. "He is just an amazing talent and he is fun to watch. When you see the guy get up to bat, it's exciting and you don't know what he is going to do."
On the Steroid Era, Maris Jr. said the public recognizes what happened, and that his father's record still stands as the feat to conquer.
"The Steroid Era was what it was and now times have changed and the court of public opinion out there and the majority of the people feelt that 61 is the record," he said. 'The Steroid Era has their mark and the court of public opinion have their mark."
Maris Jr. added: "That number (61) is amazing and it seems it has withstood the test of time."
Maris Jr. and his family, who are Florida natives, were planning on seeing Stanton play in Atlanta, but Hurricane Irma got in the way.
Stanton currently has 55 homers with 12 games left to play. If he achieves 62 in that span, Maris Jr. will simply congratulate him for the accomplishment.
"If they can achieve it, more power to them," Maris Jr. said, "and at the end of the day you give them a pat on the back and say, 'Job well done.' If he has the skill and the talent to hit 62, hats off to him."
Other than his 55 homers, Stanton is hitting .319 with 117 RBI this season.