Josh Hamilton on Track for Triple Crown
By Glynn Hill
Some pitcher’s era we’re in?! Just as Jered Weaver tossed no-hitter last Wednesday in a sublime performance against the Twins, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton unleashed a barrage of four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles this past Tuesday at Camden Yards. With the feat, Hamilton becomes only 16th player in major league history to do so;
however, if you ask him, it is not that big of a deal.
“I don’t think about it. I honestly don’t,” said the 2010 American league MVP. “The chances of that happening are very, very, very, very, very, very slim. So why worry about something that won’t happen anyway?”
When asked about the final two home run balls that were retrieved–with the fourth being authenticated–he said, “It will probably end up in a closet or rolling down a slide in the backyard, the girls playing with it.”
Very humble for a guy who just went 5-5 with four home runs and eight RBI’s. Tuesday’s performance, which helped the Rangers to a 10-3 win, gives Hamilton 14 home runs and 36 runs batted in, with a batting average of .406 on the season. He leads the majors in all three categories.
“Amazing” is how Rangers manager Ron Washington describes his star’s showing, “Josh came out tonight, and he wasn’t going to be denied.”
When asked whether he would give up his salary to keep Hamilton–a free agent at season’s end–in Texas, Washington said, “If it will keep Hamilton here, he can have mine.”
The outfielder is taking things a little more slowly. “I love it in Texas,” he said, ” It’s one day at a time really because tomorrow is not promised and yesterday’s gone.”