The Natural

Hamiton’s 2-run oppostite field homer - 7th on the seasonAmazing. That is the only word that sufficiently describes Josh Hamilton. The guy simply does it all. He hits for average, spraying the ball all over the field. He hits for power. He has speed; on the bases and in the field. He has a “laser-rocket” arm (to quote one of the many Peyton Manning commercials).  The young man is literally a natural. His story is, as Thom Brennaman correctly stated during yesterday’s telecast, this year’s best story in baseball.  All season long Hamilton has displayed his many talents, but during this past week the younng man who has been out of baseball for four years batted .429 with nine hits, including two home runs, a triple, a double, two walks and a stolen base. Not only that but his defense has been, well, his defense has been Griffeyesque: a diving grab on Saturday, an over the shoulder catch on Sunday, and an 8 – 5 assist (that’s from CF (8) to 3B (5) for those of you who can’t keep score) on Willy Taveras, who is arguably the fastest player in the NL. After yesterday I doubt if anyone in their right mind will attempt going from first to third on his arm.

Hamilton throws out Willy Taveras at third

Hamilton must be an every-day player, and I believe that Narron has done a fine job of regularly inserting him in the lineup. My feeling is that Edwin Encarnacion should be dealt away so that Freel may become the regular 3B and Hamilton the everyday CF.  Freel is a better outfielder than infielder, in my opinion, but Hamilton is a better CF than Freel, and Freel will play just as good a 3B as Encarnacion.

The only bummer about this past week is the inability of the Reds to win! That’s always a downer. Yesterday’s victory stopped a 4-game skid, but tonight’s prospects are grim because the great Reds slayer Roy Oswalt, he of the lifetime 18-1 record versus Cincinnati, will take the GABP mound. The only good news about Oswalt being the pitcher this evening is that Hamilton has done all of his damage against RH pitchers. (Although the Natural did post an o-fer against Oswaltin their first meeting.)

Besides Hamilton this year’s bright spot for me has been the play of one Ken Griffey, Jr. His defense is not, well, Griffeyesque. In fact, during one game in the Houston series he looked horrid in RF, but his RF defense will improve and his bat is coming into fine form. Griffey has absolutely stung the ball the last few games. It seems as if his wrist is completely healed. The only thing Griffey can do better offensively is be more productive with 2-outs and runners in scoring position.

Griffeys bashes homer #4 on the season and #567 for his career

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Happily married. Blessed to raise three young men. Associate pastor of Rodgers Baptist Church.
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3 Responses to The Natural

  1. winstolv says:

    Josh Hamilton flunked an MLB steroid test.

    That’s very hard to do.

    He must be really wacked out of his renal function.

  2. Travis says:

    Hamilton flunked a lot of drug tests in the past four years, but by all accounts he is clean now. You can’t discount his current success because of a failed drug test from the past.

  3. Aaron says:

    Josh could have failed every drug test or never have used drugs at all, but when youre team goes 4-12 through the first two weeks of the month,……youre in trouble. Now I know how the Boston fans felt for the last 50 years……..Cincinnati’s luck has to run a close second; except we can’t even get to the playoffs…

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