How does Josh Hamilton win back the hearts of this football town? By hitting two touchdowns.
Which is exactly what he did last night.
It might be too hard to believe, but Josh Hamilton might just be writing another chapter in his made for Hollywood career.
After witnessing him hit two home runs last night, I couldn’t help but think back to that July night in 2008 in Yankee Stadium when Hamilton hit twenty-eight home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby and instantly became Paul Bunyan.
Last night, he swung the magic axe once again.
Nobody knows what the rest of this season is going to look like, and maybe Josh Hamilton really likes feasting on knuckleballers, but last night’s two-home-run performance was pretty special.
By the time he came up to bat for the third time, he got the loudest ovations of the night.
The joy on Hamilton’s face was infectious.
Until his next knucklehead move, Texas Rangers fans love Josh Hamilton again.
What an incredible story of redemption.
But an even more special story was written by the bat of twenty-two-year old Hanser Alberto, playing in his first major league game in place of Elvis Andrus. Alberto laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in his first ever major league at bat in the third inning that set up the Rangers’ second run.
Then, in the seventh inning, with two outs and a runner at first, in one swing of the bat, Alberto picked up his first major league base hit, first major league triple, first major league RBI and first knock out blow of an opposing major league pitcher. Then, moments later, he scored his first ever major league run.
The joy on Alberto’s face was infectious.
Last night’s 7-4 win against the Boston Red Sox was one of the most complete, memorable, and satisfying games the Rangers have played all season.
And it came at home.