Thursday, July 10, 2008
Ladies and Gentleman, We Have a Pennant Race
I am not quite sure what is to come in the rest of this wild MLB regular season, but for now...we have a pennant race.
Josh Hamilton ended a three-week homerless drought with a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. It came with 2 outs and Michael Young on second base. What is also so crazy about this comeback was the call from manager Ron Washington for Young to steal second base. This was by far one of the most amazing displays of the Rangers this year. You can see the video of Josh's "ham slamwich" here.
"My first walk-off ever," Hamilton beamed afterward in the Rangers clubhouse. "My first helmet toss ever. I've always seen guys on TV toss their helmets and jump into the crowd at home plate. It's pretty cool."
The 24,515 in attendance were all on their feet cheering for Josh Hamilton. This guy has become not just a crowd favorite in North Texas, but throughout the nation. It's hard to imagine that this was just his first career walk-off. We at DallasDedicated are predicting many more to come. Even more impressive was the fact that the homerun came against K-Rod, who leads the league in saves. The win also came on a night when the Rangers had to get by with four relievers doing all their pitching because of injuries to their starters. But the Rangers are now 1-0 when Warner "Mad Dog" Madrigal is their starter.
Tonight is the last of the series, and if the Rangers pull off another W, they will stand just 5.5 games back from the AL West leading Halos. I think it's time to believe!
"My first walk-off ever, my first helmet toss ever. ... When something like that happens, it reminds you how much you love playing this game."
-- Josh Hamilton