April 10, 2007

Hamilton’s First Major League Hit Is a Big One

Josh Hamilton, Cincinnati's favorite feel-good story of 2007, got his first major league hit tonight against the Diamondbacks with a home run off Edgar Gonzalez in the third inning. It's only the seventh inning as I write this, and Reds.com already has a story about it:

Hamilton batted leadoff and played center field on Tuesday for the Reds against the D-backs. Regular center fielder and leadoff man Ryan Freel was given a rest.

“I'm excited about it,” Hamilton said. “I don't want to get too excited. But I don't want to get too not excited either, you know? I don't know what to feel.”

Man, who could have guessed that this kid whose addictions nearly killed him, who never played a minute above A-level ball before this season, would be doing anything at this level? I mean, I guess we haven't seen him long-term. Those shin splints could always come back.

However Hamilton continues to work out this season, it's so nice for the Reds fans to have someone to get excited about.

2 comments to “Hamilton’s First Major League Hit Is a Big One”

  1. BubbaFan says:

    They gave him the “silent treatment.” 🙂 I’d heard about it, but never seen it before. It’s more an NL thing than an AL thing. Bubba Crosby, Andy Phillips, and Nick Green all homered in their first at-bats as Yankees, and the announcers wondered if they’d get the silent treatment, but they didn’t.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    That’s funny. He didn’t seem fooled, though. He just looked like, “oh yeah, I guess they don’t congratulate you for homers here.”