Josh Hamilton made a little bit of history last night in Baltimore as the Rangers dominated the Orioles 10-3. Hamilton bashed out four home runs, becoming just the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game.
Hamilton’s previous home run record in an MLB game was two, he had never scored three before so when he went up to bat for the fourth; he said he was surprisingly calm.
“I just went up like it was any other at-bat because if I don’t hit one,” Hamilton assured himself, “I’ve still had a really good night.”
Hamilton also scored a double in the fifth inning. His 18 base total is a new single-game American League record. He also broke his career RBI record with eight.
Check out the replay of his four runs below:
“It reminds you of when you’re in Little League and a little kid, and just the excitement and why we play the game. Things like that. You never know what can happen. It was just an absolute blessing.”
Nobody in the league has hit four home runs in a game since Carlos Delgato on Sept 25, 2003 while he was playing for Toronto against Tampa Bay. Keep in mind that two of the record 16 players to hit four home runs in a single game did so before the year 1900.
Hamilton is in the final year of his contract, and could become a free agent following this season. He leads the AL in home runs (14) and RBI’s (36) and following his impressive 5-5 performance last night, his batting average is now sitting at .406.
Josh Hamilton has been through his fair share of adversity; so to see him accomplish greatness is very inspiring. His career in the MLB almost never was because of drug and alcohol addiction which kept him from being drafted in the first round in 1999.
He has battled his addiction throughout his career and on February 2, 2012 had a brief relapse when he had a 2-3 drinks at a bar before he called his teammate Ian Kinsler to come talk. Hamilton also held himself accountable for those 2-3 drink and held a press conference on February 3, 2012 to apologize for his actions.
His personal life on and off the field has not had the luck or good fortune he has been experiencing as of late. I’m sure you will recall in July 2011 Hamilton threw a ball into the stands towards a father with his son, unfortunately; the throw was a little short and Rangers fan Shannon Stone fell to his death. Later during that same week, a foul ball hit by Hamilton smoked a fan in the head and resulted in a few stitches to close the wound.
To see Hamilton able to enjoy himself and enjoy the moment is a refreshing change. I hope good things continue to come in the direction of Josh Hamilton.