This happens once in a life time or maybe once in a century. And now we lived to see it. Let the stats speak for themselves.
Josh Hamilton dreamed it. Now he’s done it. Josh Hamilton playing first-round performance in the 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium was not just impressive, it was record-setting.
The Rangers outfielder and first-time All-Star shattered Bobby Abreu’s 2005 single-round record of 24 home runs, slamming 28 home runs in the first round of the Derby.
Hamilton’s 28 home runs put him way ahead of fellow second-round qualifiers like Lance Berkman (eight homers), Justin Morneau (eight) and Ryan Braun (seven).
With the crowd of 53,716 chanting his name, undoubtedly warmed by his improbable journey to stardom, Hamilton connected on 13 consecutive cuts before falling short of the fences on his final two.
I pity the pitchers. But it was sluggers all the way and it was their night.
Way to go Josh!