A 25-YEAR-OLD who has signed a $A377 million, 13 years deal to play baseball with the Miami Marlins admits he has a lot to live up to.
But Giancarlo Stanton says he's not embarrassed by his $70,000 a day pay deal, arguing he has a lot of work to do to ensure the success of his team.
"I know I have a lot of expectations,'' Stanton said, as reported by the Miami Herald.
"I have to live up to, which I'm willing to do.
This isn't like having a winning lottery ticket and peace out. You win the lottery and go away, retire. This is the start of new work and a new job for this city.
It's a huge responsibility. I have to come into this like I was drafted in 2007 and make this a huge step for the team."
The $US325m deal is a record breaker for North American sport - working out to be about $US2 million for each of the 154 home runs he has hit.
The Marlins, the team that drafted him and groomed him, will 'only' pay Stanton $30 million for the first three years but will up his pay after they secure a local TV deal.
He has also been given an opt-out clause in 2020 if things don't go to plan.
The deal was signed on Thursday after Stanton passed a physical, vision tests and a few MRIs,
The 25-year-old is among an elite list of players with more than 150 home runs before the age of 25, including Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.
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