If 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.