The story behind the snapshot seen around the world — or at least New York City — is now known.
On Monday, The Daily News published a photo of newly acquired Yankee slugger Giancarlo Stanton partying in a nightclub with mercurial Big Blue receiver Odell Beckham. The internet exploded with concern that the combination could be trouble for the Bronx Bombers, who took a chance in picking up Stanton and his long-term $ 295 million contract.
We’ve learned that the photo, which Stanton posted on his Instagram account with the caption “Dem City boys,” was taken early Saturday morning in West Hollywood at the Hyde Sunset nightclub, where both stars are frequent guests.
“They hung at the same table all night and came together,” according to one night owl out west. “They were dancing on their VIP table, loving all the throwback songs and hot hip hop tracks like 21 Savage’s ‘Rockstar.’”
Beckham and Stanton were at a table that included club operator Frankie Delgado, who closed Hyde for remodeling on Jan. 1 and is quietly introducing the newly revamped hotspot to “friends and family” before going public with it at the March 2 reopening party.
“They were with their boys,” according to our source, who says the super jocks and their pals closed the joint. “Their group left together at 2 a.m.”
Despite being New Yorkers during their respective sports seasons, Stanton and Beckham have both celebrated good times at Hyde in L.A.
Stanton was spotted there after winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award in November. Beckham was in the club two weeks ago, sharing a table with former Los Angeles Lakers swingman Rick Fox and movie star Michael B. Jordan, whose new film “Black Panther” is poised to make a run at box office records when it opens this weekend.
According to our L.A. insider, Beckham and Stanton may love New York, but they have a good reason for partying at one of L.A.’s hottest clubs.
“They go there because people leave them alone,” we’re told. The venue is operated by SBE Group, which also has clubs in Miami and Las Vegas where star athletes are frequently seen.
With Brian Niemietz