Josh Hamilton’s problems with drugs and alcohol are well-documented. Now, his prowess on the baseball field Tuesday night will be documented in baseball lore.
In a rare event, the Texas Ranger blasted four home runs in his team’s 10-3 victory over Baltimore.
“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said.
He homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and closed things with another shot off Darren O’Day in the eighth. Each of the homers was with a runner on base.
“I was saying after I hit two that I had never hit three in a game before. What a blessing that was,” Hamilton said. “And then to hit four, it was just an awesome feeling to see how excited my teammates got. It reminds you of when you’re in Little League and a little kid, and just the excitement and why we play the game. Things like that. You never know what can happen. It was just an absolute blessing.”
It marked the 16th four-home-run game in major league history. Hamilton is the first to accomplish the feat since Toronto’s Carlos Delgado did so in 2003 against Tampa Bay.