May 9, 2012- Josh Hamilton, the Texas Ranger outfielder, became just the 16th player in the history of Major League Baseball to smack four home runs in a game. He said after the game that it would take a while for it to sink in.
Hamilton is appreciative of the fact he was able to be in the lineup for the game or any other game for that matter. Hamilton has battled addiction to both alcohol and drugs after being drafted in the first round in 1999 by Tampa Bay.
He was out of baseball entirely for a short period of time, but has recovered and since 2007 has played with first Cincinnati and now the Texas Rangers. He is the star of the team and was the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player. He constantly battles the addiction and had a relapse over the winter before the start of spring training.
Hamilton has been tearing the ball of the cover thus far this season. He had five hits and eight RBI’s and set a record for the American League with his 18 total bases for the game. To go along with his four homers, he had a double.
After last night’s great game, the outfielder is hitting .406 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.