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I’ll be the first to say that I’ve been critical of Josh Hamilton’s off-the-field actions in recent years about his substance abuse and that is largely because Hamilton’s transgressions are measured differently for obvious reasons. That doesn’t keep me from the realization that Hamilton is one of the best players in baseball for some time now.
Last night the Texas Rangers left fielder became the 16th player (14th since 1900) to hit four home runs in a game. Hamilton joins Lou Gerhig, Chuck Klein, Pat Geary, Gil Hodges, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Bob Horner, Mark Whitten, Mike Cameron, Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado.
The last time Baltimore was terrorized like this, Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell roamed the streets.
Josh Hamilton went yard in the first, third, seventh and eighth innings becoming the sixth American League player to hit four home runs in a game. Hamilton went 5 for 5 with 8 RBIs – setting a new AL record with 18 total bases as the Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-3.
It was a shining moment for Hamilton who is looking to finally lead the Rangers to a World Series championship after back-to-back defeats. Despite his struggles with substance abuse, Hamilton was involved in the death of a fan last season as he tossed a ball to him at a Rangers home game. In reaching for the ball the fell to his death behind the left field wall. It was the lowest point for Hamilton who was just trying to do the right thing.
The 2010 AL MVP is off to a torrid start leading the majors in batting (.406) , home runs (14) and RBIs (36).
In other news:
Looking back at the 1993 bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins (The Sports Fan Journal).
This Matt Kemp vs. Josh Hamilton debate will definitely heat up (The Sports Fan Journal).
Washington Redskins defensive end Brian Orakpo has a word for anyone that thinks RG3 is fighting for a starting job (Washington Post).
Former Vikings receiver Cris Carter admits to sanctioning bounties as an active player (ESPN).
President Obama not taking the JFK approach (Real Clear).
Rev. Jeremiah Washington has a message for today’s youth (Real Clear).
Steve Kerr proposes a 20-year old age limit for the NBA (Real Clear).
Two new Golf Hall of Fame inductees take time to critique Tiger Woods (Golf Channel).
Beastie Boys sued over funk samples (Black America Web).
Double-agent foils Al Queda plot (CNN).
Don’t get caught in the rain people