Sure, he didn’t win the Home Run Derby. That title went to some Canadian former MVP that plays in the baseball hinterlands up in Minnesota.
But what a show Josh Hamilton put on in the first round of Monday night’s derby. I’m pretty sure Chris Berman messed his pants.
The story has by now been sufficiently expounded upon, but in a time when every athlete is under the scrutiny of cheating in some way, it’s good to see a guy who got through nothing short of an addiction that nearly took his life to be the main story at the final All Star game at Yankee Stadium.
It’s a story that will never get old and will surely be a fluffy Disney movie at some point. Seriously, though, what an impressive athlete and person.
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