Holy Cow!

Josh Hamilton at the Home Run Derby, 2008. Scott Rovak/US PresswireIf you missed last night’s home run derby, shame on you for six weeks. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton’s first round in the contest was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen in sport. Hamilton hit 28 home runs in the first round on his way to 35 home runs total. Though Hamilton didn’t win the trophy (Minnesota’s Justin Morneau, who finished with 22, beat Hamilton 5-3 in the title round), his performance is what people will remember from the event. Hamilton’s comeback from drug abuse and three years away from baseball is quite the inspirational tale, and he will remind everyone who asks he couldn’t have done it without his faith in God.

Major respect also for Claybon Counsil, the 71-year old who threw over 100 pitches to Hamilton. Rumor has it Seattle is ready to offer him a starting contract.

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2 responses to “Holy Cow!

  1. bayareasportsguru

    A truly amazing show for both the guy pitching and Hamilton obviously. I still don’t understand why A-Rod did not want to represent the hometown Yankees! Very selfish!

  2. My jaw was literally in my lap the entire time. What a great show and a great story!

    The whole A-Rod thing is dumb. I used to like him when he was with the Mariners, but he’s really become obnoxious since he became a Yankee. I guess he’s just trying to fit in with the rest of them.

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