Friday, December 14, 2012
What's Josh Hamilton's most memorable moment?
By Richard Durrett
Josh Hamilton had plenty of memorable moments, both good and bad, on the field in his five seasons in Texas. So what tops your list? Choose from these (and tells us if we've forgotten one):
* 2008 Home Run Derby. Hamilton mashes balls all over Yankee Stadium, seizing the starring role in the derby. He didn't win the trophy, but it was an historic display and was Hamilton's national introduction.
* 2010 AL MVP. He wins the MVP despite not playing most of the month of September because of cracked ribs. He hit .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBIs that season.
* 2010 ALCS MVP. Hamilton was such a force early in the series that Yankees manager Joe Girardi kept intentionally walking him in Game 6 (three times) to make someone other than Hamilton beat them. The strategy didn't work and the Rangers advanced to their first World Series.
* Headfirst slide. On a pop fly in foul ground down the third-base line in Detroit early in 2011, Hamilton tagged up and sprinted down the third-base line with the catcher out of position. But the Tigers recovered in time to try to tag Hamilton out. He was safe, but the collision caused him to fracture a bone in his upper arm and he was out six weeks.
* Dropped fly ball. In the final regular-season game of 2012, Hamilton dropped a routine fly ball in center in the fourth inning of a tie game. The ball nicked off Hamilton's glove, allowing two runs to score. The A's never looked back, winning the division that day after being five games back with nine to play.
* Four-HR game. Hamilton's impressive display of power in May at Camden Yards was memorable. He hit four home runs in the same game, a feat that is rare enough that it's similar to a perfect game for a pitcher.
* Comeback kid. Hamilton -- almost by himself -- brought the Rangers back in a thrilling 10-9 extra-inning win over the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 13, 2010. He hit a home run in the fifth, made a great catch in the sixth and was 4-for-5 with four runs scored in the win.
* Game 6 homer. The game didn't end the way the Rangers' hoped, but Hamilton's homer in the top of the 10th inning gave the Rangers a two-run lead for the second time late in the game. They couldn't hold it.
Which one is the top moment for you?