Sunday, September 18, 2011
Josh Hamilton not worried about day games
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- Going 4-for-5 isn’t all that unusual for Josh Hamilton, but it is unusual for him to do it in a day game.
Hamilton had a rare big game at the plate Saturday in an afternoon start with four hits, including a double and a home run. His third inning homer was his first of the season in a day game compared to 22 homers at night.
Hamilton wasn't upset, but he doesn't see what all the fuss was about when a couple of reporters asked him about it Sunday morning.
"Is that the only thing everybody wants to talk about is the day game?" he asked. "I thought we had already talked about it this year. I got help, I went to the doctor, I got eye drops, I feel better.
"I still prefer night games, but I feel better in day games than I did earlier."
Hamilton now uses an eye lubricant, which he described as “an oil” while hitting in days game.
Saturday’s game started at 4:10 p.m. PT, which was 6:10 p.m. CT body time for the Rangers outfielder. It also was an overcast day, but the roof was open at Safeco Field.
"The first three innings I wore my sunglasses in the outfield," Hamilton said.
Hamilton has looked better at the plate in recent day games, but he’s still hitting only .207 for the season in games under the sun compared to .329 in night games. Only 12 of his 91 RBIs have come in days games.
But Hamilton no longer sees a problem with hitting in daylight hours.
"No, I don’t," he said. "I had a problem and took the right steps to fix the problem."