Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton was one of the first players in the MLB to sport the faceguard attached to his helmet.
Tigers RHP Mike Fiers was the reason he did it in the first place.
Back in 2014, Stanton took an 88 mph fastball from Fiers directly to his face at Miller Park when the righty was pitching for the Brewers. He had to be taken out on a stretcher as blood poured down his face. Stanton had multiple facial fractures and dental damage from that pitch.
Well, in the second game of a doubleheader at Comerica Park Monday, Fiers once again tossed an 88 mph heater that plunked Stanton, this time in the elbow. The hit by pitch sent Stanton threw flashbacks, and he had a few words for Fiers as he walked down to first base. Fiers clearly had no intention of throwing at Stanton, which is what he said directly to him during the exchange.
But Stanton isn't going to forget and move on.
"I mean, if that happened before and you're gonna come in, make sure you don't hit me," Stanton told The Post's Dan Martin of Fiers' pitch after the game. "You've got to get it over the plate or make sure you don't hit me.
"Obviously, anything like that happens, another ball like that, no matter how many years it is, I'm not gonna be happy. I'm not just gonna walk to first and everything will be OK."
Fiers, who called Stanton shouting at him following the incident "childish," reiterated the fact that he wasn't trying to throw at him.
"Anybody watching the game knows I'm not throwing at him," Fiers said. "He's going to act how he's going to act, but it kind of shows his character. Obviously, I wasn't throwing at him."
Stanton admitted that he knew there was no intent on Fiers' part, but that didn't mean he couldn't get some revenge. In the top of the sixth with an 0-2 count, Stanton waited on a Fiers' 12-6 curve and launched it 456 feet over the left field fence.
As the ball soared through the Detroit sky, Stanton stared down Fiers and sent a bat flip toward the Yankees' dugout before milking his trot around the bases that ended in the slugger pointing at Fiers after crossing home plate.
Stanton made his point, and though it was a good way to get back at Fiers, the Yankees couldn't come away with a win to cap it off.
"It was nice," Stanton said when asked if it was sweet revenge. "A win would be better. Oh well."