Josh hit not one, not two, not three but FOUR home runs against the Orioles. And they weren't cheap home runs. Each landed in either center field or left center field.
I don't think the average sports fan realizes what a tremendous feat this is. I'm guessing that most believe the toughest thing to do in baseball is to pitch a perfect game. Yes, that is extremely hard to do and a perfect game has only been thrown 21 times in baseball history. Hitting four home runs in one game? That's been done only 16 times in the history of the game. For those who are mathematically challenged, that would be five fewer times.
By the end of the 10-3 Rangers win, Josh Hamilton had hit four home runs and one double, all of which resulted in 18 total bases. The long-standing American League record of 16 total bases in one game was shared by six players. Who did Josh surpass? Well, two of the six are Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb. Not too shabby Mr. Hamilton!
Always humble, Josh described his performance as "a blessing." Afterwards he said, "Just seeing how excited my teammates were, then touching home plate and going into the dugout, the reaction from them was the best part."
He went on to say, "You don't go out and try to do that. You just try to do the best you can, and if you break a record ... great. You don't try to do that, you try to be the best player you can be for yourself and your team."
I've always thought of the Rangers as a very cohesive team, one that has hung together and stuck together through some heartbreaking losses and trying times. That makes their successes, both team and individual, even sweeter.
"The best individual performance I have ever seen," said Rangers infielder Michael Young. "I've never seen anything like it. It was fun to be a part of. He's an incredible player."
He continued on to say, "I don't know if we'll ever see something like that again."
At the end of the season, Josh Hamilton will be a free agent. Nolan Ryan, you better find a way to re-sign that boy!
Here's the list of the Elite 16.
Player Team Date
|Shawn Green||Los Angeles||05/23/2002|
|Mark Whiten||St. Louis||09/07/1993|
|Willie Mays||San Francisco||04/30/1961|
|Joe Adcock||Milwaukee Braves||07/31/1954|
|Lou Gehrig||New York||06/03/1932|
|Bobby Lowe||Boston Beaneaters||05/30/1894|